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Republicans Don't Expect McCarthy To Go Anywhere

Republicans expect McCarthy to remain in the number two spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are getting used to surprises. “We rejected the top two. The other top two got beat a year ago. I mean, where’s Eric Cantor? He’s gone," Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp reminded reporters outside the House chamber on Thursday afternoon. "That’s basically three people in the top level that are gone in 14 months or so. That speaks to how quickly things can change."  

And now that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has taken himself out of the running for speaker , should the conference expect any more bombshells from McCarthy?  

These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., left, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pose in the Capitol Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.  

Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day .