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

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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

hands on: Pastor Joshua Nink prays for Donald Trump after he and wife Melania attend church in Council Bluffs.

Donald Trump sweep in Iowa, N.H. would vex Republican establishment

If things break right here -- a big if -- billionaire businessman Donald Trump is well-positioned to become the first Republican presidential candidate in almost a half-century to string together wins in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary -- a feat that would give him momentum in the race and likely lead to an all-hands-on-deck moment for the establishment wing of the party. Published January 31, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign has stepped up the amount of door-knocking, training sessions and recruiting precinct captains, according to Trump volunteers. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz 'anchor baby in Canada'

Real estate mogul Donald Trump has added a new wrinkle to his line of attack against Sen. Ted Cruz, calling the Texas Republican an "anchor baby" during a campaign stop here on Friday. Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump: Risk of holding vets event was worth it

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Friday the risk was worth the reward of skipping the Fox News debate to hold a fundraiser -- in part because Sen. Ted Cruz, his closest rival, got "pummeled." Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with a ring given to him by a group of veterans during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Donald Trump's New Hampshire backers praise vets rally

Less than 12 hours after Donald Trump closed out a rally for military veterans in Iowa, the New York businessman is scheduled to parachute into New Hampshire, where voters started lining hours before a campaign event and praised his decision to skip last night's debate. Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the GOP establishment have found a common goal in stopping front-runner Donald Trump from coming out on top in the Iowa caucuses. (Associated Press)

Cruz, GOP establishment find common ground against Trump

As much as Sen. Ted Cruz says he despises the GOP establishment, for now he and they have a common goal: to stop Donald Trump, and to try to do it in Iowa, where a Trump victory could clear the way for the billionaire businessman to run the table. Published January 27, 2016

"With me they are dealing with someone who is a little bit different," Donald Trump said. "They can't toy with me like they can toy with everybody else." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump likely to skip Fox News debate; 'not a fan' of Megyn Kelly

Businessman Donald Trump threw a curve ball at his GOP presidential rivals and the rest of the political world Tuesday by announcing that he "most likely" will skip the Fox News sponsored debate Thursday in Iowa, following through on a threat that he would not take part in the final Republican showdown before the caucuses because of moderator bias. Published January 26, 2016

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich of Ohio has stood his ground on support for Common Core and says "it's time to move on" from fighting same-sex marriage. (Associated Press)

John Kasich's poll surge in New Hampshire alarms social conservatives

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's poll surge in New Hampshire has spurred conservatives to warn social issues voters to be wary of him, saying he is one of the worst champions in the Republican presidential field when it comes to hot-button issues such as education and religious liberty. Published January 24, 2016

In this Jan. 19, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during a campaign stop at the Freedom Country Store in Freedom, N.H. Answering a question this week about climate change during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Cruz was worlds apart from the scientific consensus that sees a world that is warming because of human activity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rubio camp jabs at Cruz over 'fundraiser with the Washington cartel'

GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio's camp is poking fun at the "Washington cartel" catchphrase that fellow Sen. Ted Cruz is espousing on the campaign trail by pointing out that the Texas Republican is hosting a "Happy Hour" fundraiser Friday at swanky restaurant steps from the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Published January 22, 2016