House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE’s (R-Va.) stunning primary loss on Tuesday night has no precedent.
Cantor’s fall is so rare it was — up until Tuesday night — more likely for a sitting House majority leader to lose renomination by dying. Louisiana Democrat Hale Boggs died in office, while he held the leadership position in 1972.
In contrast to Cantor’s unprecedented loss, New York Republican Sereno Payne holds the record for most wins for a sitting majority leader. He was renominated six times, starting in 1900.