WASHINGTON -- Sources say Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is mulling a run at the second most powerful position in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The dominoes started to fall on Tuesday when current House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election in an upset. Shortly after that, he announced he would step down from his leadership position.

That left the door open for Rep. Labrador to possibly make a bid for the majority leader.

However, the heir apparent to Cantor is House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-California), who's currently the third-ranking Republican. His main competition at this time is the more conservative Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). But sources are saying that Sessions could drop out of the race.

That would mean his conservative colleagues would want a different candidate as an alternative to McCarthy, one who is from a red state, and leans further to the right.

Numerous journalists are saying Labrador is that candidate, and is being pushed to run.

Also, a source tells KTVB that Labrador is getting a lot of encouragement from other members to make a run at the majority leadership spot.

Also, on Twitter, the president of the very influential conservative lobbying group, Freedomworks, said he hopes Labrador runs for majority leader.

The vote will be in just one week, next Thursday. But, whoever wins, wouldn't officially take over until July 31st.

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