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Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out Of House Speaker's Race

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 8/10/2015 Sam Levine
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulled out of the running for House speaker on Thursday, according tomultiplereports.

House Republicans had been scheduled to pick their candidate for speaker on Thursday. McCarthy reportedly told his caucus at the meeting that he was pulling out. The election for the Republican candidate for the next speaker has also been postponed.

McCarthy was considered the top contender to replace House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who will retire from Congress at the end of this month.

McCarthy has been haunted by recent comments in which he praised the House Select Committee on Benghazi for hurting Hillary Clinton politically.

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