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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ahead of a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role.

WASHINGTON (AP) In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker.

GOP lawmakers said McCarthy told colleagues at the start of the conference Thursday that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Speaker John Boehner delayed it.