House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has abruptly pulled out of the race for Speaker of the House on the same day that he was widely expected to be nominated for the position.
The nominating contest in the GOP conference set for Thursday afternoon in the House has been postponed.
It was not immediately clear why McCarthy, who was viewed as the likely successor to outgoing speaker John Boehner, unexpectedly exited the contest. He told colleagues in a private conference meeting that he was not “the right person for the job,” according to members present.
Rep. Darrell Issa of California told reporters that “it’s my understanding that [McCarthy] felt he could not get to 218” votes, the threshold to elect a speaker in the full House vote that had been scheduled for October 29.
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