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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

Mike Huckabee says he will not consider a White House bid unless he is convinced he can raise $50 million, up sharply from previous campaigns. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential candidates will need $50 million for primaries

It looks like $50 million will be the ante that Republican presidential candidates will have to prove they can raise in order to show viability in the primary contests, according to strategists and fundraisers, signaling the beginning of what is expected to be the most expensive nomination race in history. Published January 7, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in West Allis, Wis., on Nov. 4, 2014. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what's shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sworn in for second term

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a possible 2016 presidential contender, began his second term in office by making the case that elected leaders in Washington could learn a lesson in good governance from the states — and, more particularly, from his administration. Published January 5, 2015

Club for Growth rips Mike Huckabee's resume

Likely foreshadowing the attacks to come, the influential Club for Growth warned Monday that it will make sure that voters are aware of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "poor" record on taxes and spending if he runs for president. Published January 5, 2015

Rep. Steve King says the Jan. 24 gathering in Des Moines will give activists who turn out for Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential contest a look at their options and give candidates an early reality check. (Associated Press)

Iowa's Steve King rules over GOP on road to presidency

Rep. Steve King has summoned the potential field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates to Iowa next month for his Freedom Summit, and they are jumping at the opportunity — underscoring the conservative firebrand's political pull and marking the event as the first major gathering of the next campaign for the White House. Published December 28, 2014

GOP political operative Phil Cox, who helped former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell get elected, has called Gov. Chris Christie the party's "best communicator." (Associated Press)

Republican kingmaker Phil Cox sets eyes on 2016 race

Republican governors had arguably the best showing of anyone on Election Day last month, and a key mastermind behind their efforts is Phil Cox, who cut his teeth in Virginia politics and has now become one of the most sought-after campaign staffers of the 2016 presidential cycle. Published December 28, 2014

Former GOP presidential contender Sen. Rick Santorum said, "We are putting the pieces together, just trying to build the model and see if it takes off. We are trying to raise money, and we put a good team together in Iowa and South Carolina already, and we are working on one in New Hampshire." (Associated Press)

Rick Santorum retools for 2016 White House run

Rick Santorum is gearing up for another run for president and vows next time he'll be an even stronger candidate — armed with a retooled message aimed at the working class, an established network of supporters and, perhaps more importantly, a resume that he believes dovetails with the issues conservatives care about most. Published December 23, 2014

Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who was part of the 2010 tea party wave and who the groups are now rallying around, is hoping to head off an establishment-backed challenge in 2016. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Tea party to defend its small government champions in 2016 Senate races

Sen. John McCain likely has a bull's-eye on his back, but tea party groups have signaled that they expect the 2016 Senate races to be a lot more about defending the small government champions the movement helped win in the 2010 wave election than in headhunting 'establishment' Republicans. Published December 21, 2014

A police super PAC has debuted to draft Mitt Romney for president in 2016, but the former governor insists it was done without his blessing. (Israeli American Council) ** FILE **

PAC forms to draft Romney into 2016 race for president

A "Ready for Romney" political action committee announced its formation over the weekend, paving the way should Mitt Romney make another bid for president — but even some of the two-time candidate's advisers don't know who's behind it. Published December 15, 2014

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

RNC cap on 2016 debates could give rise to 'new round of sideshows'

The Republican National Committee's push to limit the number of debates in the 2016 presidential primary could end up creating an arms race of sorts, with groups denied the chance to hold "official" debates instead hosting candidate forums that would serve much the same purpose. Published December 7, 2014

Louisiana's Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy met Monday in a debate before Saturday's runoff election. (Associated Press)

Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy face off in final debate

Down in the polls and with no easy path to victory in sight, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu looked to land a haymaker Monday in a debate against Rep. Bill Cassidy, demanding that her Republican challenger come clean about whether he billed the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center for a no-show job. Published December 1, 2014

Carly Fiorina, former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard, speaks to the Restore America rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday. Her visits to early caucus and primary states has left an impression that she's testing the waters for a potential dark-horse candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential race. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina could shake up a crowded 2016 GOP field

With the 2016 GOP presidential race starting in earnest in the new year, there is a dearth of prominent women candidates. But a number of Republicans say that Carly Fiorina could change that. Published November 26, 2014