National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.) has been a "steadfast leader" following his shocking loss Tuesday night.

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"Eric Cantor has been a steadfast leader for our party, and a great friend and mentor for so many House Republicans. I know Eric will continue to lead on the issues he cares so deeply about," Walden said in a statement first shared with The Hill.

The House GOP campaign committee chief's statement didn't mention professor Dave Brat (R), whose upset is roiling House leadership, creating chaos for the current session and even more uncertainty for who will lead the party when House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) eventually decides to step aside.

GOP leaders took hours to put out statements following Cantor's loss, a sign of how surprised they were by the outcome.