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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Rep. Jim Jordan, (left), Ohio Republican, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, (right) California Republican, are both running to becomes the next House Minority Leader. Mr. McCarthy is expected to win the race, barring a surprise. But Mr. Jordan says that the losses in the midterm should be a wake-up call to the party. (Associated Press photographs)

McCarthy faces challenge from Jordan to lead GOP in House

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will win the race to be the GOP's House leader in January, barring a big surprise, as Republicans prepare to slip into the minority after eight years of control. Published November 13, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan, co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the Republicans' problem is failing to live up to campaign promises. "Have we replaced Obamacare yet? Have we secured the border yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? No," he told The Hill. (Associated Press)

House Republicans brace for ugly rebuild, leadership battle

Ascendant House Democrats said they will avoid a nasty leadership fight and will keep in place the team that led them to win control in Tuesday's elections. Republicans, meanwhile, were bracing for an ugly rebuild beginning next week when the party votes on a new crop of leaders. Published November 7, 2018

In this Thursday, July 12, 2018, file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok during the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Conservatives: Rep. Jim Jordan should lead House GOP comeback

Conservative leaders called on House Republicans to elect Rep. Jim Jordan as their new leader and pinned the blame for the Democratic takeover of the lower chamber on retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team. Published November 7, 2018

Democrat Janet Mills, Maine gubernatorial candidate, celebrates her victory at her election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Janet Mills turns Maine governorship blue

Democrats claimed victory in the Maine governor's race after voters elected Janet Mills to replace Republican Paul LePage, who was term limited. Published November 7, 2018

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Ca., leaves a campaign event for Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at Miami Dade College in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Kamala Harris generates most buzz in high-octane 2020 field

Sen. Kamala D. Harris was one of the first to ride to the rescue after Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly announced that they would vote against the confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, firing off a plea to her supporters to open their wallets and donate to her embattled Democratic colleagues. Published November 6, 2018

Ayanna Pressley, the democratic winner of the Massachusetts 7th congressional district speaks at a rally at City Hall ahead of an appearance by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) **FILE***

Progressives expect Trump accountability after elections

Liberal activists say they're going into Tuesday's elections with a long wish list but toned-down expectations about what Democrats will be able to accomplish even if they do win control of one of the levers of power. Published November 5, 2018