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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell is a reporter and editor at The Washington Times. She does both investigative work and writes the campaign blog "Trail Tales," which tracks stories from the 2016 presidential contest. A political junkie, she's been living and writing in D.C. for more than a decade before joining The Times for outlets like Bloomberg News and U.S. News and World Report. Her husband is currently on the campaign trail managing Carly Fiorina.

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Articles by Kelly Riddell

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who is up for re-election Tuesday, issued campaign handbills saying his Republican opponent, Jennifer Chronis, is "wrong on guns" and defends Nova Firearms. (Associated Press)

Virginia Democrats conspired against gun store, emails show

Democratic elected officials in Northern Virginia worked together to engineer a campaign against a Fairfax County firearms store in a bid to politicize gun violence and drum up support for a Democrat in an election Tuesday, an exchange of emails shows. Published November 1, 2015

Ben Carson support stretches beyond evangelical conservative base

Ben Carson has enthralled evangelical conservatives in his surge to the top of Republican presidential polls, but his support stretches well beyond that key demographic, with voters saying they see him as a palatable maverick capable of shaking up Washington without plowing it over. Published October 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ** FILE **

Betting markets reward Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, but punish Jeb Bush

After Wednesday's night's GOP presidential debate, the online betting markets are rewarding Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz -- with them running as No. 1 and No. 2 -- as the most likely candidates to win the Republican presidential nomination. Published October 29, 2015

A "surge" in Republican preference for those with new ideas and different outlooks likely drives the popularity of "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

GOP debate: Will Donald Trump go after Ben Carson?

The third GOP presidential debate on Wednesday night could provide the added shot of energy many candidates need to revitalize their campaigns, or be the kiss of death for others on the verge of extinction. Here's five things to look for in Colorado. Published October 28, 2015

For all his claims of being unscripted, Donald Trump has developed a go-to stump speech that is carrying him through his appearances, giving him space to digress about whatever is on his mind but with enough structure to make sure he covers the basics. (Associated Press)

Unscripted Trump increasingly on script with stump speech

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's stump speech, no matter where he is in the country, begins in much the same way: Commenting on the size of the crowd, marveling at it, and then asking the live television cameras to pan across it, saying the "dishonest" press will ultimately try to slight him. Published October 18, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump raising more money, being more frugal than some GOP rivals

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who is self-financing his campaign, raised more unsolicited donations in the third-quarter than many of his rivals, and showed a frugality in his expenses - with staff dining at McDonalds and doing overnights at the Comfort Inn. Published October 15, 2015

In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reacts to a supporter during the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner in Davenport, Iowa. Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature federal health care law. The former Florida governor released a two-page plan Oct. 12 to increase tax credits for individuals to buy coverage and give more power to states to regulate health insurance. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Bush bests Rubio in all-important fundraising race

Republican Presidential contender Jeb Bush out-raised rival Marco Rubio in the third quarter, topping all other GOP presidential contenders in fundraising with the exception of neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Published October 15, 2015