National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorEric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ If we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns 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 BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism 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.