House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) the front-rummer to replace outgoing Speak of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) has withdrawn his name from consideration.

McCarthy had been struggling to amass the necessary 218 republican votes necessary to assume the top spot in the House.

The news comes as an unexpected surprise.