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Boehner Backs McCarthy, Starting Race for Republican Control

  • Webster is first to announce he is running for House speaker
  • Some Republicans call McCarthy favorite to succeed Boehner
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John Boehner blessed his top lieutenant, Representative Kevin McCarthy, to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, setting up a potentially contentious race for control of the chamber’s Republican majority.

Boehner’s surprise decision to leave Congress at the end of October highlights the rift between the Republicans’ traditional, business-friendly wing -- which McCarthy would embody -- and an ascendant, anti-government Tea Party faction.