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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

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

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