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Mark Sanford

Kevin McCarthy shocks House, abandons race for speaker

WASHINGTON _ House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dogged by persistent skepticism from hard-core conservatives and facing questions about his qualifications, abruptly withdrew Thursday from the race to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives.tmpplchld McCarthy, R-Calif., who began Thursday as an embattled but clear favorite to win the House Republican caucus' nomination for speaker, stunned colleagues with his announcement, tossing the race to elect a new speaker _ third in line for the presidency _ into turmoil. No logical successor was readily apparent, nor was there even a sense of when warring Republicans could come together to discuss how to...