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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

Seeking to distance herself from President Obama, Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' new campaign ad shows her shooting skeet and declaring "I am not Barack Obama." (Associated Press Photographs)

Democrats in tough races running from Obama

When Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger in Kentucky's Senate race, wanted to distance herself from President Obama, she picked up a gun. Published September 15, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Top NRSC official: Senate Republican seats not in 'great danger'

Despite polls showing a tough race for Kansas incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, the Senate Republicans' campaign arm does not plan to spend any of its money defending GOP-held seats this year, with a senior official saying Thursday they are sticking to playing offense. Published September 11, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

GOP governors in unexpectedly tough re-election battles

While the Republican Party is poised to make major gains in red states in the battle for the U.S. Senate, the situation is flipped in governors' races, where Republicans are facing a tough time defending chief executives who won office in blue states in the Obama backlash of 2010. Published September 10, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is embarking on a three-day trip to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and local business leaders. Analysts see it as a way to brush up on Mr. Christie's foreign policy experience prior to a potential presidential run in 2016. (Associated Press)

Christie making trade mission to Mexico

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicks off a three-day trade mission to Mexico on Wednesday in a trip that will give the potential 2016 presidential contender a chance to burnish his foreign policy credentials abroad and bolster his image with Hispanic voters back home. Published September 2, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat. (Associated Press)

GOP Senate candidates struggle to score knockout punch

Despite a highly touted class of candidates, Republicans have struggled in a number of conservative states — leaving the fate of the Senate to be fought out over the next two months Published September 1, 2014

Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, speaks at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington on Feb. 10, 2014. (Associated Press)

DeMint: Ted Cruz hotter 2016 commodity than Rick Perry

Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says that Sen. Ted Cruz would have the upper hand right now in a potential showdown with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Published August 29, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul warns against interventionism in Middle East

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the United States cannot be the world's police and is warning against listening to the "interventionists" in both parties, as he argues that their approach to the Middle East has "never been good foreign policy" because it is founded in the idea of "shooting first and asking questions later." Published August 28, 2014