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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

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

Critical tea partyers and conservative activists say Gov. John Kasich himself has become the establishment in Ohio. (Associated Press)

John Kasich must win home state of Ohio without support of conservative activists

Gov. John Kasich says his presidential aspirations hinge on delivering a win in his home state of Ohio, but five days out from the Republican primary contest, it appears he is going to have to do it without the help of his own state's grass-roots Republican activists, who say he turned his back on them years ago. Published March 10, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Associated Press) **FILE**

Florida Gov. Rick Scott would bring pros and cons to a Trump ticket

Before endorsements started rolling in for Donald Trump, the businessman's biggest ally in elected office arguably was Florida Gov. Rick Scott, whom political analysts are now putting on the shortlist of possible vice presidential picks if the New York billionaire wins the Republican presidential nomination. Published March 9, 2016

There are growing signs that the Republican Party is warming to the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz is the most viable alternative to Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump calls for Republican unity, but party warms to Ted Cruz

Donald Trump on Wednesday urged his rivals to halt their attacks and rally to his side with the "millions" of new voters he has delivered to the Republican Party as Sen. Ted Cruz signaled he is open to a one-on-one contested convention to pick the party's presidential nominee. Published March 9, 2016

The win in Mississippi is Donald Trump's 12th of the Republican presidential race. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump wins Mississippi Republican primary

Businessman Donald Trump won the Mississippi primary, expanding his lead in the 2016 GOP nomination race and renewing questions about whether the establishment's late-innings push to stop the New York billionaire from winning the nomination could be too little too late. Published March 8, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Trump calls Rubio 'corrupt' in new ad running in Florida

Under fire from his presidential rivals and their deep-pocketed Republican allies, businessman Donald Trump is pushing back in a new television ad casting Sen. Marco Rubio as a "corrupt" public official. Published March 7, 2016

The backlash is so severe that despite strategists plotting to try to orchestrate a contested convention, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (left) took to the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference to insist it won't happen. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to the Washington Times)

Conservative activists blast 'scoundrels' looking to direct election

They aren't fans of Donald Trump, but conservative grass-roots leaders are even less thrilled with talk of a brokered GOP convention or other attempts to try to head off the billionaire businessman's presidential bid by taking it out of the hands of ranks-and-file voters. Published March 6, 2016

Ted Cruz wins TWT/CPAC straw poll; Donald Trump places distant third

Sen. Ted Cruz won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, giving him an extra boost as he tries to urge conservatives to rally behind him as GOP leaders search for a candidate who can stop Donald Trump's march to the nomination. Published March 5, 2016