WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri has decided not to run for another term as Republican whip in the House. His deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, has already told his colleagues he will be a candidate for the position.
Florida Rep. Adam Putnam, the Chairman of the Republican House Conference, is also relinquishing his GOP leadership post in the next Congress.
But House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they are looking to hold on to those posts.
Democrats have netted a total of 17 additional seats in the House of Representatives and four new seats in the Senate. CNN has not projected a winner yet in four outstanding Senate races. Should Democrats prevail in all four of those contests, they would have the 60-seat majority that would overcome Republican attempts to filibuster in the Senate.