McCarthy faces challenge, Utah's Chaffetz announces speaker bid

The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)(L) shakes hands with Planned Parenthood Federation president Cecile Richards (R) before she testifies at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington September 29, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON, Oct 4  - U.S. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House oversight panel, announced on Sunday he was running for speaker, a bid seen as a long shot that could still stir up the contest to replace John Boehner.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, remains the favorite for the speaker position. But many conservatives have reservations about McCarthy and say he does not have enough votes to win.

Representative Daniel Webster, former speaker of Florida's House of Representatives, has also challenged McCarthy for

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