House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Republicans that he would not be able to secure the 218 votes needed to be elected and that he has decided to drop his candidacy to replace John Boehner (R-IL), who is stepping down as Speaker of the House and leaving Congress at the end of the month.  There are two remaining candidates who have announced bids to replace – Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Daniel Webster (R-FL).  The Republican Freedom Caucus, consisting of about 40 of the more conservative House members, has endorsed Webster.  The Republican House Caucus tweeted, “Today’s leadership election has been postponed until a later date.”

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