Sessions Out in Race for Majority Leader

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15:  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) leaves Speaker Boehner's office after a meeting amongst Republican House leadership at the Capitol Building on October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. The government has been shut down for 14 days.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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    Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the only candidate left in the race to succeed Eric Cantor as House majority leader after Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) dropped out of the race Thursday night. “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House majority leader," Sessions said in a statement. "Today, it became obvious to me that the measures necessary to run a successful campaign would have created unnecessary and painful division within our party." Earlier Thursday, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) also dropped out of the race.

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