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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

The Carly for America super PAC on Tuesday is holding a world premiere event to launch their "Citizen Carly" documentary at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse just outside Washington. (Associated Press)

Candidates' super PAC footage tests spirit of campaign finance laws

Before Carly Fiorina announced she was running for president, she sat down to tape footage for a supportive political action committee that is poised to begin running it this week as part of a pro-Fiorina documentary -- in a move that tests the spirit of campaign finance laws. Published September 21, 2015

"Today I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field," said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately." (Associated Press)

Scott Walker suspends presidential campaign, urges others to follow suit

Scott Walker announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the 2016 GOP presidential race -- a stunning collapse for the Wisconsin governor who was billed as an early favorite to be the party's standard-bearer, only to have had his hopes dashed in a matter of months. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush arrives in Mackinac Island, Mich., for the 2016 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Jeb Bush: DREAMERS should get pathway to citizenship

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pushed back against Donald Trump's calls for an immigration crackdown, warning that some of the GOP's "louder voices" are using the politics of fear to divide the country over the thorny issue and torpedo efforts to strengthen the system and, in turn, the nation's economy. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., on Sept. 17, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump backs 2nd Amendment, calls for national concealed carry

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Friday the government should expand gun rights for law-abiding citizens and focus more on cracking down on violent criminals and making sure guns don't fall into the hands of the mentally ill. Published September 18, 2015

"Carly Fiorina is the one Republican Hillary Clinton hopes she never has to face, because Carly Fiorina can take on Hillary Clinton in ways that the men in gray suits and red ties can't," said Charlie Gerow, a GOP strategist who is advising Ms. Fiorina. (Associated Press)

Carly looms as Hillary's worst nightmare

Carly Fiorina, the only consensus winner out of this week's GOP presidential debate, went a long way toward cementing her claim as Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare, as she looked to solidify her status as a top contender for the party's nomination and convince donors and primary voters to give her a serious look. Published September 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, in this Aug. 20, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

4 Republicans in debate try to make it to main bout

The Republican 2016 hopefuls relegated to Wednesday's preliminary GOP presidential debate have a new sense of urgency after their ranks were culled last week with the withdrawal of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry from the race and the elevation of one of their own, Carly Fiorina, to the main stage. Published September 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas on Sept. 14, 2015. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump is economic liberal, Club For Growth warns

The political arm of the Club for Growth launched a new ad campaign Tuesday that takes aim at Donald Trump as part of a escalating feud between the influential anti-spending group and the front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Published September 15, 2015

With the second Republican presidential debate set for Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Donald Trump continues to enjoy his status as the GOP's front-runner. Rick Perry dropped out last week, lowering the number of contenders to 16. (Associated Press photographs)

Donald Trump, Ben Carson continue ascendancy as Rick Perry drops out

Donald Trump has padded his lead, Ben Carson has surged, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has quit the race for the GOP presidential nomination as voters increasingly have looked for an anti-politician champion in the month since the first Republican candidates' debate. Published September 13, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 22, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rick Perry to suspend 2016 GOP presidential campaign

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is suspending his campaign to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, announcing the decision in a speech to the Eagle Forum in St. Louis on Friday afternoon. Published September 11, 2015

Pro-life activists hope to have a presidential nominee who will help lead their fight. While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been open about his evolution from pro-choice to pro-life, some pro-life activists are not completely sold. (Associated Press)

Pro-life activists on fence over supporting Donald Trump

Pro-life activists are excited about the GOP presidential field, but still have reservations about front-runner Donald Trump, who used to be adamantly pro-choice and who they fear has had a weak conversion. Published September 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a news conference in Trump Tower in New York on Sept. 3, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bobby Jindal slams Donald Trump: 'Narcissist,' 'egomaniac'

Looking to build himself up in the 2016 GOP presidential race, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tried Thursday to tear front-runner Donald J. Trump down, calling the New York billionaire a "narcissist" and an egomaniac." Published September 10, 2015