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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

Gov. Paul LePage has created controversy by criticizing the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in his state. (Associated Press)

Maine's Gov. LePage on shaky ground despite 'unshakable' core

Four years ago, he won office by threading an electoral needle. He has a penchant for going off-color, he has staked out conservative positions dramatically at odds with Maine voters — and now Gov. Paul LePage is one of the most endangered Republican politicians heading into November's elections. Published August 20, 2014

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown, a Republican, pounced on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's support for a bill to spend nearly $3 billion on housing and caring for the illegal immigrant children and families surging into Texas, saying it was unfair to those following the law. (ASsociated Press)

Scott Brown uses border fight in New Hampshire Senate push

The political battle over the border surge of illegal immigrants is spilling beyond Capitol Hill and onto the campaign trail in the states — with a prime example now playing out here, where Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown is hoping to use the issue to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Published August 4, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a stop in New Hampshire Thursday to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, who is considered a long shot against incumbent Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan. Mr. Christie was heckled by a democrat during his speech. (Associated press)

Chris Christie faces flak on New Hampshire campaign foray

With Democrats deriding the effort as damage control and political rehab, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a foray into the governor's race in this state traditionally critical to a politician eyeing a presidential run. Published July 31, 2014

Top Contender: With the Bridgegate scandal seemingly astern, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to New Hampshire, state of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, to campaign for a presumed 2016 White House bid. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie sidesteps Bridgegate, again tops Republican presidential field

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is once again at the top of the Republican presidential field and, while dented by the Bridgegate scandal that erupted roughly seven months ago, he remains a powerful fundraiser and popular campaigner, including here in New Hampshire, where he will appear on Thursday. Published July 30, 2014

Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, is seen Sept. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Impeachment talks revving up Democratic base: DCCC

The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Tuesday that the House GOP's threats of suing or impeaching President Obama have been a fundraising boon for Democrats — putting them on stronger footing financially as they gear up for the homestretch of the 2014 election. Published July 29, 2014

Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise. Shortly after winning his party's nomination for the Senate in August 2012, Mr. Akin said in a radio interview that women's bodies could somehow block an unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

Achin' for Akin: Democrats praying for GOP Gaffes in midterms

Desperately looking to fire up their base, Democrats are on the hunt for the next Todd Akin — a loose-talking Republican candidate who can be cast as being so far outside of the mainstream that they tarnish the GOP's image and dampen its chances of taking over the Senate. Published July 28, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, says his fellow GOP state chief executives are getting the job done. (Associated Press)

GOP 2014: Republican governors cite their economic stewardship

Heading into the 2014 election, the GOP is casting its slate of governors as turnaround artists, saying they've led their states out of recession by embracing lower taxes, putting people back to work and ensuring businesses are helped — not hampered — by their policies. Published July 27, 2014

After winning Tuesday's Republican primary , businessman David Perdue immediately turned his focus to his Democratic rival Michelle Nunn, painting her as an Obama ally and saying she has to "defend the failed policies of the last six years." (Associated Press Photographs)

Perdue, Nunn square off in race for Georgia's open Senate seat

Hours after his narrow victory in the Georgia GOP Senate primary, businessman David Perdue turned his attention Wednesday to his general election matchup with Democrat Michele Nunn in what is shaping up to be one of the most watched races of the 2014 midterm elections. Published July 23, 2014

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wave to supporters at at rally in Louisville, Ky. Warren is quickly becoming a top Democrat fund-raising and campaigning powerhouse. Since March, she has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned in July for West Virginia and Michigan. It’s a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Alison Lundergan Grimes hits Mitch McConnell over jobs

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running a new television ad on Tuesday in which an unemployed coal minor questions whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to put people back to work. Published July 22, 2014

Businessman David Perdue at his own election-night watch party in Atlanta. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia GOP Senate primary runoff

Businessman David Perdue won the Georgia Senate Republican primary runoff race, advancing to the general election where he will square off against Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the marquee races of the 2014 Midterm Elections that could tilt control of the upper chamber. Published July 22, 2014

Businessman David Perdue at his own election-night watch party in Atlanta. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff locked in dead heat

Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue were locked in a tight battle in Tuesday's runoff for the Republican Senate nomination to face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the marquee races of the 2014 general election that could tilt control of the upper chamber. Published July 22, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

Alaska tops wildcard races across the West

The road to a Republican majority in the Senate could hinge on what happens in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich is fighting for his political life and, like other vulnerable Democrats, is trying to distance himself from President Obama and some of Mr. Obama's unpopular policies. Published July 16, 2014

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight. Published July 16, 2014