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Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Back Jeb Bush for President

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaks about The Value of School Choice: The Release of the 2013 Education Choice and Competition Index, at the Brookings Institute in Washington. Lawmakers looking ahead to the November elections are putting renewed focus on education, tackling issues on Capitol Hill this week ranging from expanding charter schools to paying off student loan debt. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Reinforcing Jeb Bush's status as the Republican establishment candidate, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will endorse the former Florida governor, Politico reported Thursday.

Cantor was defeated in last year's Republican primary for his Virginia House seat in what was one of the biggest political upsets of the year.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., delivers his concession speech as his wife, Diana, listens in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost in the GOP primary tp tea party candidate Dave Brat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) AP Photo/Steve Helber  (AP Photo/Steve Helber) AP Photo/Steve Helber

According to Politico, Cantor will also be named Virginia state co-chair of Bush's campaign.

A Cantor source told Politico: “They have known each other for a long time, speak regularly and have great mutual respect for one another. Eric believes he is the only candidate with a real long-term vision for the country who can also actually implement it — not just talk about it.”

A representative for Bush's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

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