The last remaining major rival to Republican Rep.
In a statement, Rep.
"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. At this critical time, we must remain unified as a Republican Conference. As always, I stand ready and willing to work with our team to advance the conservative agenda that the American people demand and deserve."
Members of the
But the insurgents were unable to coalesce behind a single candidate who could overcome McCarthy's advantages in the race. Several prominent conservatives declined to challenge him, and he quickly won the support of others.
McCarthy, the House majority whip, was heir apparent to Majority Leader
The election for the new majority leader is set for next week.
A conservative challenger from the GOP's tea party flank could still emerge. But now most of the jockeying in the House ranks will turn to the fight over who will replace McCarthy. That is likely to be a showdown pitting Rep.