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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

With four days left in Kentucky's combative Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., a 30-year incumbent, makes a final appeal for votes during a stop in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The results of the closely watched Kentucky contest will be crucial in the midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. The facility, SRC of Lexington, Inc., is a remanufacturer of engines, drive train components and hydraulics for industrial equipment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

For McConnell, hard choices await a leader in waiting

Mitch McConnell is days away from knowing whether he will be leading a GOP-controlled Senate for the next two years, but the Kentucky lawmaker is already getting a taste of what it might be like for Republicans to run both chambers of Congress. Published October 31, 2014

Despite having only taken up residency in New Hampshire less than a year ago, former Republican Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (right) is all but poised to next week dethrone Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom Mr. Brown has skillfully tied to what he claims are the failed national policies of President Obama. (Associated Press)

Scott Brown poised to makes big waves in New Hampshire midterms

Less than a year after moving to New Hampshire, former Sen. Scott Brown is within striking distance of chopping down Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in next week's midterm election, having cut her double-digit lead in the polls to almost zero. Published October 30, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's Ebola response weighs on voters' minds

Ebola isn't driving polls ahead of next week's elections, but Republicans feel the Obama administration's shaky response may help them at the ballot box. Published October 27, 2014

Hawks on the hunt: GOP pounces on Obama foreign policy flubs for poll edge

Republicans are putting President Obama's foreign policy on the ballot this year, and with the GOP poised to make big gains, including possibly capturing control of the Senate, the White House will see more constraints on its policies toward Ukraine, Iran and the Islamic State terrorists. Published October 23, 2014

Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn's poll numbers are increasing, presenting a potential roadblock to a Republican November Senate takeover. (Associated Press)

Michelle Nunn bucks trend as Republicans hone in on Senate majority

New polling shows Democrat Michelle Nunn has seized a lead in Georgia's Senate race, putting a dent in what had been a strong couple of weeks for Republicans who have seen races from North Carolina to Colorado begin to trend in their direction as voters hone in on election day. Published October 15, 2014

Immigration reform a bipartisan litmus test for Democrats

Immigration reform has stalled on Capitol Hill, but it lives on in campaigns across the country this year where Democrats are citing it as a key litmus test of Republicans' bipartisan credentials. Published October 13, 2014

After a tough primary battle, the tea party has thrown it's support behind incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

Tea party throws support behind Roberts' re-election bid in Kansas

Saying GOP control of the Senate is more important than any single candidate, a national tea party group threw its support Monday behind Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas — the man the Tea Party Express had tried to unseat in this summer's Republican primary. Published October 13, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called the court's decision not to take on any gay marriage cases"tragic" and vowed to take action. (associated press)

GOP 2016 hopefuls weigh court's gay marriage punt

Some potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates said Monday's Supreme Court decision to let same-sex marriage stand in dozens of states settles the issue — but religious conservatives vowed to continue to fight, saying opposing gay marriage remains a litmus test for White House hopefuls. Published October 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speaks on behalf of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at a campaign rally Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Michelle Obama declares war on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie played the role of political attack dog here Monday for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying the Democrat seeking to unseat Mr. Walker in November is guilty of plagiarism. Published September 29, 2014

Joni Ernst (Associated Press)

Koch brothers ties used to attack Republican in Iowa Senate race

Perhaps nowhere in the country is Democrats' orchestrated attack on the Koch brothers more developed than in Iowa, where Senate nominee Rep. Bruce L. Braley and his allies have gone to tremendous lengths to make them an issue for his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. Published September 28, 2014