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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

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

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) delivers his speech on the second day of the American Conservative Union CPAC 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 4, 2016. (Photo Rod Lamkey Jr.)

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

A New York state judge told lawyers Thursday on both sides of the latest lawsuit asserting that Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for president that he needs the weekend to consider the matter and rule. (Associated Press)

Cruz nabs support of border security proponents at CPAC

They've been told for years that they need to embrace a more lenient approach on immigration, but grass-roots leaders at the Conservative Political Action Conference are having none of it, saying they want to see the laws on the books enforced instead. Published March 3, 2016