House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday.
Kevin McCarthy, the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, quit the race on Thursday.
The heavy favorite bowed out in an unexpected move as the House Republican Conference met Thursday.
Democrats have said the panel may have violated ethics rules and should dissolve.
John Boehner leaves in a few weeks, and the California congressman is almost sure to succeed him.
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader
Top Republicans try to highlight bipartisan goals, but feature bills stalled by Democrats in the Senate