From the Washington Post:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly dropped out of the race to replace John Boehner as speaker, a stunning move that further complicates an already chaotic House leadership contest.McCarthy must not have had the votes. Look for someone more conservative than the Californian to become the next House speaker.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced his decision at a meeting of House Republicans who gathered to select their candidate for speaker ahead of the official floor vote scheduled for Oct. 29.
"We need a fresh face," said McCarthy in post-meeting news conference, adding that he would remain as majority leader. "I don't want making voting for speaker [on the House floor] a tough one."