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"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

Donald Trump (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

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, on Sept. 7, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama, threatens war to enforce Iran deal

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton tempered her support for President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran by pledging Wednesday that, if elected, she would back it up with the threat of military action, subtly breaking with the war-averse president she served as secretary of state. Published September 9, 2015

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky county clerk's jailing exposes a rift among GOP candidates

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian faith, has become the latest dividing line for the GOP presidential candidates, who still struggle to define the line between legitimate government power and respect for religious views. Published September 8, 2015

Republican senators return to Hill, look to seize 2016 spotlight from Trump

The "summer of Trump" is about to run smack into the return of Congress, as the four senators seeking the Republican presidential nod return to Washington with a massive stage and several high-profile fights they can use to burnish their images as conservative fighters. Published September 6, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, 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**

Ted Cruz rips jailing of Kim Davis: 'This is not America'

GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz criticized a federal judge for ordering a Kentucky county clerk to be jailed after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Published September 3, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court in New York on Aug. 31, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump: 'Very happy' for Tom Brady

Donald Trump said Thursday that he was "very happy" to learn that a federal judge had tossed out the four-game suspension the NFL had given four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Published September 3, 2015