McCarthy Drops Out of Race for House Speaker

Republican congressman Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House of Representatives.

McCarthy said at a news conference he stepped down as a candidate for speaker because his recent comments on Hillary Clinton and the House panel on Benghazi were a distraction.

House Republicans have also posponed the election for a candidate for speaker. Details are still coming in.

On Wednesday, the so-called House Freedom Caucus voted to support Florida Representative Daniel Webster for the post, rejecting a bid by McCarthy, the House majority leader and Boehner's second-in-command, who has gained the support of the majority of the 247-member Republican caucus. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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