Kevin McCarthy drops out of House speaker race

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks at the weekly House GOP presser about Iran and oil exports. Current Speaker of the House John Boehner stands by his side.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, in a shocking move that reflected his inability to gather the support of the Republican caucus.

The move comes as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select their nominee for speaker and came without any warning. Boehner has postponed the vote.

Members had no indication the move was coming. “Totally stunned,” said Rep. Peter King on CNN.