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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

Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in Iowa and struggled to a fifth-place showing in New Hampshire. With South Carolina's primary Saturday, Mr. Rubio is trying to overcome nagging immigration questions once again. (Associated Press)

Marcomentum slowed by one key issue

Sen. Marco Rubio might be running away with the Republican presidential primary, where a number of voters say they like everything the first-term senator has to say -- except for his stance on a crucial flashpoint issue. Published February 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with members of the media during a news conference Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Hanahan, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Donald Trump threatens to sue Ted Cruz over 'false' attacks

Businessman Donald Trump on Monday ratcheted up his attacks against Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP presidential race, calling the Texas Republican a "totally unstable individual" and "the single biggest liar," while threatening to bring legal action against the Canadian-born Cruz over his eligibility to be president if he continues spreading lies on the campaign trail. Published February 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Donald Trump threatens to 'sue' Ted Cruz over natural-born status

Businessman Donald Trump raised the possibility of pursuing legal action against Sen. Ted Cruz over his eligibility to be president, potentially upping the stakes in their escalating feud ahead of next week's GOP presidential primary in South Carolina. Published February 12, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who claimed second place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, now must decide quickly on the states where he can compete and build a low-budget organization. He said he isn't worried about an attack against his campaign. (Associated Press)

Trimmed-down GOP field shifts to South Carolina

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vowed to build on his strong showing in the New Hampshire presidential primary, and Donald Trump said he is prepared to face dirty campaigning as a slimmed-down Republican field shifted to South Carolina on Wednesday. Published February 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks during the Iowa Right to Life Presidential Forum in Des Moines on Jan. 20, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Carly Fiorina drops out of presidential race

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she is suspending her campaign for the presidency, after she failed to crack into the top tier of the 2016 GOP field in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Published February 10, 2016

The anti-Hillary Clinton backlash was palpable at polling stations where independent voters, who are allowed to pick which party primary they vote in, said they chose to vote in the Democratic race in order to send a message. (Associated Press)

Anti-Clinton backlash palpable in New Hampshire

Independent voters dominate New Hampshire's electorate, and many of them seemed intent on trying to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Published February 9, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with diners while visiting the Chez Vachon restaurant Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Donald Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire

Donald Trump was projected the winner of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary Tuesday, easily outdistancing his rivals, claiming his first victory and firmly establishing himself as the candidate to beat. Published February 9, 2016

Donald Trump, who has led in polling in New Hampshire for the past six months and still hovers around the 30 percent mark, is the odds-on favorite, and a victory would give him a needed rebound after a less-than-tremendous showing in Iowa's caucuses. (Associated Press)

How The Donald hopes to rebound in N.H. -- and his rivals hustle to survive

Capping his final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump asked voters to erase any doubts about his viability and help him to his first victory in the Republican presidential primaries as he looks ahead to even more fertile ground in upcoming states. Published February 8, 2016

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush greets voters during a campaign stop Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Jeb Bush, Donald Trump trade jabs ahead of N.H. primary

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has spent months trying to convince voters -- with mixed results -- that he is ready to win the fight against businessman Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primary and take out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election matchup. Published February 8, 2016