All indications were that the California Republican was aggressively campaigning for the job, and was easily the odds-on favorite to win it. “No one saw this coming,” as NBC’s Luke Russert said today, noting that at as recently as 8 a.m., McCarthy had clearly reiterated his interest in succeeding John Boehner.By all accounts, McCarthy was on track to easily win the preliminary GOP conference vote today, though he was still short of the 218 votes he would have needed to win the speakership on the floor. But it’s not like anyone else was close to the requisite number of votes.

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