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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

"In time, I don't believe Donald [Trump] is going to be the nominee, and I think in time the lion's share of his supporters end up with us," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz says Donald Trump won't be Republican nominee

Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that he doesn't think that Donald Trump will capture the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and predicted that it is only a matter of time before most of the New York billionaire's supporters will move to his camp. Published October 8, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a political rally in The Villages, Fla., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (George Horsford/Daily Sun via AP) ** FILE **

Opponents criticize Marco Rubio's absence from Senate battles

Sen. Marco Rubio has missed nearly a third of the Senate votes this year, skipping out on battles over the Keystone XL pipeline, Iran sanctions and Planned Parenthood as he's campaigning for president — and he's beginning to face criticism for his conflicting priorities. Published October 8, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, listens as he gets the endorsement of former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

John Kasich backs legal status for illegal immigrants

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said nonviolent illegal immigrants are here to stay and trying to deport them would cause "sheer panic" among Hispanics, saying Tuesday that the U.S. must find a way of legalizing them. Published October 6, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump talks during a campaign stop in Keene, N.H., in this Sept. 30, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hispanic Chamber dings Trump for passing on forum

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Friday that Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a question and answer session scheduled for next week "only deepens our community's already negative perceptions of him." Published October 2, 2015

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discusses the $1 million fine, the largest in its history, levied against two political action committees for campaign-reporting violations, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

FEC kills effort to ban foreign donations to local initiatives

The Federal Election Commission squelched a Democrat-led effort Thursday to ban foreigners from being able to contribute to state ballot initiative campaigns, with Republicans insisting they have no power to impose their will in this area. Published October 1, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, points while talking with visitors on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul raises $2.5M in 3rd quarter

Sen. Rand Paul raised about $2.5 million for his presidential bid over the last three months, a marked drop-off from the previous reporting period. Published October 1, 2015

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press)

John Bolton backs John McCain's push for a sixth term

John Bolton endorsed Sen. John McCain's re-election bid Thursday, touting the Arizona Republican's belief that the United States must take a more robust approach to national security and foreign affairs. Published October 1, 2015

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John Kasich feels pressure to prove he can raise funds

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was under pressure Wednesday to show he can raise the kind of money needed to keep his presidential bid going, joining a number of lower-tier Republican candidates who need to post a strong third quarter fundraising haul. Published September 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Values Voter Summit. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Religious right doesn't hand Trump a win but gives him a chance at Values Voter Summit

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump walked into the weekend's Values Voter Summit with a Bible in hand and walked out the fifth-place choice in the annual gathering's straw poll, underscoring just how much of a tough sell the billionaire businessman has in winning over the party's influential religious conservative voters. Published September 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

GOP White House hopeful Ted Cruz ruled the roost once again at the annual Values Voter Summit by winning the annual presidential preference straw poll here for the third straight year - further cementing his status a favorite among social conservatives that will play a pivotal role in picking the party's nominee. Published September 26, 2015