In a huge surprise, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is out of the race for Speaker of the House. The California Republican withdrew his name in a closed meeting of House Republicans. McCarthy told reporters that his withdrawal is the best thing for the party. He argued that he did not want to be a distraction.
McCarthy faced growing opposition from the most conservative members of the Republican caucus. His withdrawal throws the Speaker's contest into chaos. Current GOP House Speaker John Boehner is retiring at month's end. The vote to nominate a new Speaker has been postponed indefinitely.
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