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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

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

After a strong third-place finish in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is getting a second look from voters in New Hampshire before the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio solidifying place as top alternative to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

New Hampshire voters are giving Sen. Marco Rubio a second look after his surprisingly strong third-place finish in Iowa this week, but the first-term U.S. senator is still struggling to overcome his past support for granting illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Published February 3, 2016

The heat of the Iowa race carried over to New Hampshire, where Sen. Ted Cruz sharpened his attacks on Sen. Marco Rubio and businessman Donald Trump over immigration. (Associated Press)

Cruz bets Iowa pitch will also play in N.H.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz rode into New Hampshire Tuesday on the heels of his stunning Iowa caucus victory, insisting that the same message of defying the GOP establishment and promising a get-tough approach on illegal immigration will work beyond the boundaries of Iowa. Published February 2, 2016

John Kasich speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Kasich calls on Christie, Bush to stop 'negative crap' in New Hampshire

Republican presidential contender John Kasich called on his rivals for the party's nomination to stop the "negative crap" in the run-up to next week's first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, which is shaping up to be a key front in the battle between the candidates angling for the establishment mantle in the race. Published February 1, 2016