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John Thrasher

McCarthy's decision to drop out of Speaker race boosts Webster's longshot bid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla._Florida Congressman Dan Webster's quixotic push to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives received an unexpected boost Thursday when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned the political world and abruptly withdrew from the race to replace John Boehner.tmpplchld "It's been a whirlwind day," said Webster after spending the afternoon doing media interviews and making phone calls to colleagues detailing his pitch for reforming the process.tmpplchld The former speaker of the Florida House received his first surge of support Wednesday when members of the House Freedom Caucus _ a group of about 40 conservative Republicans _ announced that...