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Eric Cantor scores easy GOP primary win in Va.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor celebrates after a Republican primary win in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, just off an easy win in his Republican primary race for the 7th Congressional District on Tuesday, has officially endorsed Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling for Governor of Virginia in 2013.

Congressman Cantor said the Lieutenant Governor has “the right experience, the conservative values and the ability to unite our Party so we can win in 2013,” according to the Bolling campaign’s press release.

Cantor’s support is important for the lieutenant governor, who is facing a weighty challenge from Tea Party-backed conservative candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia since 2009.

Cantor’s formal endorsement comes on the heels of a vote Friday, where the 81-member governing board of the state’s GOP will decide whether the state will hold a primary or convention to determine their gubernatorial nominee. If the governing board elects to hold a primary — ensuring all eligible residents have the opportunity to vote — the move is widely expected to benefit Bolling’s candidacy. A convention, attended by a few thousand conservative activists, is the preferred choice for Cuccinelli’s backers.

Congressman Cantor is the latest in a series of high-profile backings for Lt. Governor Bolling, who also won the endorsement of Governor Bob McDonnell.

Last summer, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Jeff Schapiro sat down with Need to Know to offer some insight into the mind and politics of Eric Cantor, who moved quickly through the top ranks of the House of Represenatives and is now second only to House Speaker John Boehner. Schapiro, who has followed Congressman Cantor’s career since 1992, shared important insight into how the conservative culture of the 7th district has shaped Cantor’s political ethos.

Watch reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jeff Schapiro, speak about Eric Cantor’s political background in this clip from the Need to Know archives.

Watch Interview: Jeff Schapiro on Eric Cantor on PBS. See more from Need To Know.