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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

GOP 2016 hopefuls descend upon South Carolina

A slate of 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls paid their respects over the weekend to the voters of South Carolina, who have shown -- outside of their 2012 Newt Gingrich preference -- a knack for getting behind the party's eventual nominee. Published May 10, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waves to supporters in Hope, Ark., Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after he announced that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee pitched himself Tuesday as the best GOP candidate to take on Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Mike Huckabee declares bid for 2016 GOP presidential nomination

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday returned to his hometown in Arkansas to announce that he is running for the White House -- an effort that, if successful, will hinge on his ability to expand his base of support beyond the religious conservatives that supported his presidential campaign seven years ago. Published May 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts after he thought it was Wednesday and the crowd corrected him as he addressed a gathering during a town hall meeting in Cedar Grove, N.J., on April 23, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Christie approval rating hits all-time low: poll

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's popularity has sunk to an all-time low in New Jersey in the wake of indictments linked to the Bridegate scandal, which has put a dent in the Republican governor's presidential aspirations. Published May 4, 2015

FILE - In this March 24, 2015, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio speaks at a Politics and Eggs Breakfast with state political activist and area business leaders hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H. The panel commissioned by Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio has emphasized accountability, trust, training and education. The task force planned to issue its final set of recommendations Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to Kasich for his consideration. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Kasich defend Medicaid expansion, Common Core standards

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday defended his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and pushed back against the idea that Common Core education standards have allowed the federal government to have more control over the education system. Published May 1, 2015

Party insiders expect Jeb Bush and his allies to surpass the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's opening fundraising haul. But winning over voters will be tougher, the analysts said. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush sees less enthusiasm than Mitt Romney did at same point in race

There is less enthusiasm for Jeb Bush at this point in the Republican presidential race than there was for Mitt Romney four years ago, according to party operatives who say it signaled weariness over another Bush candidacy and reflected a stronger field this time. Published April 30, 2015

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is winning strong reviews from his party's insiders who say he's managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters. His aspirations hinge on the ability to lay claim to being the conservative alternative. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz 'hitting on a lot of cylinders' in presidential campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz's month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he's managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. Published April 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) meeting, Wedneday, April 29, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ted Cruz: Obama has 'inflamed' racial tensions

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Wednesday that President Obama has "inflamed racial tensions in this country" and that the Democrat has missed a prime opportunity to unify the nation. Published April 29, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, has said the U.S. "cannot afford to ignore another lesson of 9/11 and curtail intelligence-gathering capabilities." (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush support renewal of Patriot Act

The defense hawks are on the rise in the Republican presidential field, defending the Patriot Act just as Congress prepares for a make-or-break debate over the future of the NSA's phone-snooping program. Published April 27, 2015