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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Donald Trump insists he will win on a first ballot, but his two remaining rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are banking on being able to deny him an outright majority. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump's delegates vow to stay loyal in contested convention

Donald Trump's delegates to the Republican nominating convention are proving to be exceptionally loyal, defying predictions by some analysts that they may flip their support to another candidate if Mr. Trump doesn't win on the first ballot in Cleveland this summer. Published March 23, 2016

Downplaying Gov. John Kasich's win in Ohio, Sen. Ted Cruz said during an election night rally in Houston that moving forward nation has a clear choice in the Republican contest. (Associated Press)

Cruz sees two-man race with Trump after Rubio's exit

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said that Sen. Marco Rubio's exit from the GOP presidential race has set up a two-man race between himself and businessman Donald Trump for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Published March 16, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich gestures at his presidential primary election rally in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Kasich won the Republican primary in Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kasich wins Ohio after Trump KO's Rubio

Donald Trump dominated Florida's GOP primary Tuesday, knocking Sen. Marco Rubio out of the race -- but Gov. John Kasich claimed victory in Ohio, splitting the two top prizes on the board and making a contested convention ever more likely. Published March 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally in a hanger at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Donald Trump crushes Rubio in Florida, other states still outstanding

Donald Trump was the projected winner of Florida's GOP primary Tuesday, dealing a likely fatal blow to Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential hopes -- but Mr. Trump was struggling elsewhere on the map, as other candidates were giving him a tough fight. Published March 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a campaign stop on Monday, March 14, 2016, at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

John Kasich defends immigration stance at Ohio rally

Gov. John Kasich defended Monday his support of an immigration overhaul that includes the legalization of nonviolent illegal immigrants, telling supporters on the eve of the Ohio primary that it is unrealistic to think that the federal government is going to boot illegal immigrants out of the country. Published March 14, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, accompanied by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrive for a campaign stop on Monday, March 14, 2016, at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mitt Romney urges Ohio voters to back Gov. John Kasich

Mitt Romney ratcheted up his push to derail businessman Donald Trump from winning the GOP presidential nomination, hitting the campaign trail Monday with John Kasich in hopes of helping the Ohio governor salvage his presidential bid with a win in his home state contest. Published March 14, 2016

Mitt Romney (Associated Press/File)

Mitt Romney joins John Kasich on campaign trail in bid to stop Donald Trump

Bent on stopping Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney plans to travel to hit the campaign trail Monday in Ohio with Gov. John Kasich, who is looking for his first win of the presidential campaign Tuesday in his home-state primary. Published March 13, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a news conference at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club pancake breakfast, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

John Kasich: Donald Trump has created a 'toxic' political environment

Gov. John Kasich criticized businessman Donald Trump for espousing rhetoric on the campaign trail that has created a "toxic" political environment and is poisoning the national discussion, as he looked to distance himself from the New York billionaire ahead of next week's primary here in Ohio. Published March 12, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a campaign stop at the Fuyao Glass America plant, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Moraine, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

John Kasich dismisses Marco Rubio's anti-Trump strategy

Gov. John Kasich slapped down the idea Friday that his backers should shift their support to Sen. Marco Rubio ahead of Florida's primary next week as part of a broader plan to stunt businessman Donald Trump's momentum in the GOP presidential race. Published March 12, 2016