"[Mr. Cantor] asked me why I would want to put myself through this for the next eight months if I'm not running for re-election. He did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision," Mr. McAllister said in a statement released Tuesday. "I do not feel it's in my constituents' best interest to leave them without representation for the second time in less than a year. My district deserves a voice and a fair election process, not an expensive potential special election that benefits the establishment."
As a point of pride during the campaign, he said he'd never been to Washington.