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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump threatens to 'sue' Cruz over natural born status

Businessman Donald Trump raised the possibility of pursuing legal action against Sen. Ted Cruz over his eligibility to be president, potentially upping the stakes in their escalating feud ahead of next week's GOP presidential primary in South Carolina. Published February 12, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who claimed second place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, now must decide quickly on the states where he can compete and build a low-budget organization. He said he isn't worried about an attack against his campaign. (Associated Press)

Trimmed-down GOP field shifts to South Carolina

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vowed to build on his strong showing in the New Hampshire presidential primary, and Donald Trump said he is prepared to face dirty campaigning as a slimmed-down Republican field shifted to South Carolina on Wednesday. Published February 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during the Iowa Right to Life Presidential Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Carly Fiorina drops out of presidential race

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she is suspending her campaign for the presidency, after she failed to crack into the top tier of the 2016 GOP field in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Published February 10, 2016

The anti-Hillary Clinton backlash was palpable at polling stations where independent voters, who are allowed to pick which party primary they vote in, said they chose to vote in the Democratic race in order to send a message. (Associated Press)

Anti-Clinton backlash palpable in New Hampshire

Independent voters dominate New Hampshire's electorate, and many of them seemed intent on trying to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Published February 9, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with diners while visiting the Chez Vachon restaurant Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Donald Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire

Donald Trump was projected the winner of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary Tuesday, easily outdistancing his rivals, claiming his first victory and firmly establishing himself as the candidate to beat. Published February 9, 2016

Donald Trump, who has led in polling in New Hampshire for the past six months and still hovers around the 30 percent mark, is the odds-on favorite, and a victory would give him a needed rebound after a less-than-tremendous showing in Iowa's caucuses. (Associated Press)

How The Donald hopes to rebound in N.H. -- and his rivals hustle to survive

Capping his final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump asked voters to erase any doubts about his viability and help him to his first victory in the Republican presidential primaries as he looks ahead to even more fertile ground in upcoming states. Published February 8, 2016

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush greets voters during a campaign stop Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Jeb Bush, Donald Trump trade jabs ahead of N.H. primary

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has spent months trying to convince voters -- with mixed results -- that he is ready to win the fight against businessman Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primary and take out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election matchup. Published February 8, 2016

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey whose campaign has faltered, hopes that if he can dent Marco Rubio and that supporters of the senator from Florida will naturally flow to him Tuesday, when New Hampshire holds its first-in-the-nation primary. (Associated Press)

Lagging governors make last-minute hard sell to New Hampshire voters

With the clock ticking down on the New Hampshire presidential primary, the Republican governors in the race are pulling out all the stops in hopes of delivering the sort of performance Tuesday that could help convince voters that they could be forces to be reckoned with moving forward. Published February 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall-style campaign event at Hampton Academy, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Hampton, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Chris Christie takes a post-debate victory lap in New Hampshire

Republican presidential contender Chris Christie took a victory lap Sunday after landing some memorable punches in the previous night's debate against Sen. Marco Rubio, hoping his combative performance will revive his campaign. Published February 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump spar as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., listens in the middle during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News at the St. Anselm College Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sparks fly in GOP debate, Rubio targeted

Looking to pick a fight, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pummeled Sen. Marco Rubio over his record in Congress during the GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire Saturday night. Published February 6, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, answers a question as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, listens and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republicans face-off in eighth debate showdown

Three days out from votes being cast here in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, most of the candidates in the shrinking GOP presidential field will be have a golden opportunity in a debate Saturday night to deliver their closing argument to undecided voters. Published February 6, 2016

Patrolman James Pittman poses for a selfie with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Mr. Trump was on the trail Thursday glad-handing in in New Hampshire, where he holds a sizable lead despite coming in second in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump stumps the old-fashioned in New Hampshire

Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman Donald Trump suddenly looked a lot more like a traditional candidate Thursday, fielding questions from ordinary voters, leading a discussion with small business owners and dropping by a police station for some old-fashioned glad-handing. Published February 4, 2016