McCarthy explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership race

McCarthy explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonRepublicans in Washington struggled to fill a leadership void on Thursday as the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, quit the race in a surprise announcement that heightened concerns about the party’s ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, had been expected to win Thursday’s contest for the nomination to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner despite opposition from more conservative lawmakers demanding a harder line against Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda. “For us to unite, we probably need a fresh face,” McCarthy, who is from California, told reporters after the election meeting ended in chaos.

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