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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

Congressman Steve King speaks to the media before his candidate forum at the Greater Des Moines Partnership office in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. King is rejecting accusations that he's associated with an Austrian white supremacist group. Those claims have prompted condemnation from within his own party just days before Tuesday's election. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Rep. Steve King under fire in Iowa; Democrats hoping for major upset

Iowa Rep. Steve King on Thursday slapped down reports that he met with members of a far-right Austrian political group and aggressively pushed back against the assertion that he has anything in common with the man charged with killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend. Published November 1, 2018

First District Congressional candidate Randy Bryce has fundraised $7.9 million in his campaign, according to the last report. (Associated Press)

Bryce's quest to flip Ryan's district inches closer to reality

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan's hopes of leaving the Republican Party in control of the House could stumble in his own backyard, where Democrat Randy Bryce's "Iron Stache" nickname has helped raise his national profile and fill his campaign coffers in his quest to flip the Wisconsin seat. Published October 31, 2018

In Georgia, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, a longtime voting rights advocate, has attacked her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, for the state's handling of absentee ballots. (Associated Press)

Voting rights battles loom over key midterms races

The number of votes affected in each case is likely small, but the symbolism is huge as the debate over voting rights rages in some of the most-watched elections this year. Published October 29, 2018

Beto O'Rourke speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention Friday, June 22, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Kavanaugh battle dims Democrats' dreams of flipping Senate

Democrats' dreams of flipping the Senate have dimmed over the past month as their candidates faltered in some key races, leaving Republicans confident that they will retain their grasp -- and the ability to advance at least part of President Trump's agenda. Published October 25, 2018

After years of complaining that GOP-run states have curtailed voting rights, Democrats are expecting their base will respond this year at the polls in a sign of defiance. (Associated Press)

Flyers, politicians aim to stir up Democratic base in Alabama, Georgia

In Alabama, voters are seeing a campaign-season flyer warning that hate crimes are on the rise -- with a photo of President Trump giving a thumbs-up next to photos of the Ku Klux Klan and a young boy wrapped in a "White Power" flag giving the Nazi salute. Published October 23, 2018

Unlike some other Libertarian candidates, Lucy Brenton earned a place on stage in a debate in Indiana, where she said Libertarians can offer voters an alternative in the severely divided politics of Washington. (Associated Press/File)

Libertarians poll high enough to tip key races

A number of Libertarians' poll numbers are high enough to more than account for the difference between Republicans and Democrats in key midterm races. Published October 21, 2018

Georgia Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is trying to become the nation's first female black governor. Real Clear Politics average gives her opponent Brian Kemp a 2-percentage point lead. (Associated Press)

Brian Kemp unable to shake liberal Stacey Abrams in Ga. governor's race

Republicans have derided Stacey Abrams as a tax cheat and enabler of illegal immigrants, and dubbed her the "most radical liberal to ever run for governor" in Georgia. Yet GOP nominee Brian Kemp has been unable to shake Ms. Abrams, who has energized the Democratic base by running unapologetically from the party's left wing and could make history as the nation's first female black governor. Published October 16, 2018