Locals react to McCarthy's withdrawal from speakership race

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, left, speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 7, 2015. McCarthy is vying for Boehner's House Speaker position at the end of the month.

Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy stunned his Washington colleagues and the people back home Thursday morning by dropping out of the race to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Locals expressed surprise, frustration and joy over the news.

“He saw the handwriting on the wall. He wasn’t going to be able to hold the coalition together for the next three weeks,” said Cal State Bakersfield Political Science Professor Mark Martinez.

He said the shocking thing about McCarthy’s run was why it failed.

“People he

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