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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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Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Democrats hoping Donald Trump dooms GOP in Senate races

Democrats running in competitive Senate races are giddy about the prospect of businessman Donald Trump leading Republicans into the fall election, confident that their GOP rivals could get swallowed up in an anti-Trump undertow. Published May 4, 2016

"The shoe is now on the other foot," said Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian religious-conservative group. (Associated Press)

Republican establishment pressured to embrace insurgents in role reversal

The Republican establishment has watched in horror this primary season as their presidential picks have, one after another, been marched out to slaughter, leaving the party's leaders in Washington stunned and under growing pressure to give up the fight and rally around the insurgents. Published May 1, 2016

With major primary victories Tuesday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump needs only a majority of the remaining states to win on the party's first convention ballot. (Associated Press)

Delegate haul in the Northeast puts Donald Trump in control

Donald Trump is now on target to win the Republican presidential nomination at the GOP's July convention, holding support from half of all delegates allocated so far, thanks to a massive haul Tuesday night that puts him firmly in the driver's seat. Published April 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump outlines 'America first' foreign policy vision

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a swipe at neoconservatism Wednesday, arguing in a major foreign policy address that the U.S. shouldn't be in the "nation-building business" and suggesting Washington should be more willing to work with unsavory regimes as long as doing so advances American interests and creates "stability in the world." Published April 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a primary night news conference, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Trump grabs majority of unbound delegates in Pennsylvania

Overcoming lingering concerns about his ground game, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump collected a majority of the "unbound" delegates up for grabs in the Pennsylvania primary -- denting his rivals' hopes of winning over more of these delegates that will be free to vote for whomever they want on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. Published April 27, 2016

Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a primary night event Tuesday in New York. (Associated Press)

Trump declares himself 'presumptive nominee' after Northeast sweep

Donald Trump steamrolled the GOP field and swept all five Northeast primaries Tuesday night, putting even more distance between himself and his competitors for the party's presidential nomination as he tries to win enough delegates to avoid a divisive convention fight. Published April 26, 2016

Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich shake hands after a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Cruz, Kasich bicker over alliance as Trump decries rivals' 'collusion'

The uncomfortable alliance forged by Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich began to falter almost as soon as it was announced, with the candidates squabbling Monday over what it meant, and front-runner Donald Trump saying their "collusion" proved the system is rigged and underscores the weakness of his rivals. Published April 25, 2016

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the general session of the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

GOP chair calls for unity at RNC meeting

The head of the Republican National Committee called on the party to consolidate behind the eventual GOP presidential nominee, saying it is necessary to capture control of the White House in the November. Published April 22, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Donald Trump extends lead in Pennsylvania: poll

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has expanded his lead ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, according to a new survey of registered Republican voters. Published April 21, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican (Associated Press/File)

Marco Rubio clings to delegates -- and hopes for Republican nomination

Sen. Marco Rubio has fought to take the delegates he won to the Republican National Convention in July, leaving him in a position to be a power broker or even, if everything falls into place, to make another run at the top of the party's presidential ticket. Published April 7, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vows to put states in play that the GOP hasn't won in a generation. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's new voter appeal to face New York test

Donald Trump insists the new voters he's brought into the Republican primary are just the tip of what he'll be able to do if he's the nominee in November, vowing to put states in play that the GOP hasn't won in a generation. Published April 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, points as he speaks at a campaign stop at Waukesha County Exposition Center, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Wisconsin Republican primary too close to call

The GOP presidential primary in Wisconsin was too close to call shortly after polls closed Tuesday, with all sides hoping a win would reshape the campaign in their favor. Published April 5, 2016