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

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Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham speaks during a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the prime-time debate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Lindsey Graham: Hillary would beat Trump 'like a drum'

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is prepared to vote for Donald Trump if he wins the GOP presidential nomination, but warns that Hillary Rodham Clinton would easily outmatch the New York billionaire in a general election fight. Published August 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Gun-rights group to Chris Christie: 'Hell No'

The largest gun-rights group in Georgia welcomed Chris Christie to the RedState gathering in Atlanta with fliers calling on attendees to say "Hell No" to the New Jersey Republican governor's "Anti-Gun Agenda!" Published August 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

'Kiddie's table' candidates eye spot in next prime-time GOP debate

Left out of the main stage for the first debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the rest of the "kiddie's table" crew are already plotting how to earn airtime even if they can't find a way to qualify for the next debate in September. Published August 6, 2015

Jeb Bush told an audience of major donors that the longest-running, unaddressed problem the U.S. faces has been legal "chain" immigration. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush heavy favorite for GOP presidential nod, Bovada bettors say

Despite Donald Trump's front-runner status in polls, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is still the heavy favorite among bettors to win the Republican presidential nomination, according to the online betting website Bovada, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Published August 6, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Jim Gilmore excited for 'substantive' early debate

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is looking forward to taking part in Thursday's early debate, making the case that the so-called "kiddie's table" could prove to be a better venue for having an adult conversation on the nation's most pressing issues. Published August 5, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Immigration, Planned Parenthood produce consensus at GOP forum

Republican presidential hopefuls dodged the thorniest issues on immigration Monday, saying the immediate priority is to secure the border while handling the size of legal immigration and final decisions on the 11 million illegal immigrants already here must wait until enforcement has been restored. Published August 3, 2015

Presidential contender Donald Trump speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the first first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump tops another presidential poll

Donald Trump is leading yet another poll for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, in what is expected to be one of the national surveys that could be used to decide who participates in the first GOP debate next week in Ohio. Published July 30, 2015

It remains to be seen whose approach will be most beneficial in the presidential race as Sens. Rand Paul (left) and Ted Cruz remain in a statistical dead heat at about 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. They are hovering in the middle of the 16-candidate field. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul plays it cool while rival Ted Cruz plays with fire in Senate

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have followed through on their promises to shake things up on Capitol Hill since arriving in Washington, but some political analysts say the recent intraparty warfare shows the two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are split over the best way to give the government a face-lift. Published July 29, 2015