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Mr. Cantor also can help with the cash. His political action committee raised as much as Mr. Boehner’s this election, and Mr. Cantor topped Mr. Boehner when it came to contributions to Republican incumbents and challengers.

In a season in which Republicans took a beating, Mr. Cantor can give his colleagues some advice about thriving in a bad environment. He won 63 percent of the vote Nov. 4 - 10 percentage points more than Mr. McCain won in the district, which stretches from Richmond and its western suburbs up through Culpeper and Skyline Drive.

Mr. Cantor ran only 1 percentage point behind his 2006 total. That performance came as three congressional districts and a state Senate seat switched from Republican to Democrat.