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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

Rand Paul won't be on the main stage for Thursday night's Republican debate. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina bumped from main stage at next Republican debate

Sen. Rand Paul and businesswoman Carly Fiorina missed the cut for this week's prime-time Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Fox Business Network announced Monday, dealing a blow to their presidential aspirations three weeks out from the first binding votes in the Republican nomination race. Published January 11, 2016

Donald Trump, left, and Ted Cruz joke about remarks Cruz has made about Trump's temperament during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz running circles around the GOP field in Iowa: poll

Businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are locked in a tight race for first place in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that showed the two 2016 GOP presidential candidates are easily outpacing their closest rivals three weeks out from the state's caucuses. Published January 11, 2016

Then-Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks with moderators at an economic forum, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) **FILE**

Undecided voters give hope to struggling candidates

Six months, six debates and unprecedented media attention still haven't been enough for GOP voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, most of whom say they still haven't completely decided who they'll back when the voting starts Feb. 1. Published January 10, 2016

Grandstanding: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (with microphone) is vying with his fellow GOP hopefuls to sound the toughest on border security and terrorism, decreeing "America is off track." (Associated Press)

GOP hopefuls take aim at Islamic State, Obama, each other in campaign ads

GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum, the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucus, launched his first campaign ad this week characterizing Sen. Ted Cruz, the current Iowa front-runner, as a Mr. Rogers-like figure better suited for reciting lines from children's books than tackling terrorist threats. Published January 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at a town hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rubio ratchets up attacks against Cruz, Christie

Criticized for keeping a less-than-rigorous campaign schedule, Sen. Marco Rubio and his allies are starting to make more noise in the early primary states, leveling stiff attacks against a couple of the Florida Republican's closest rivals in the hopes of bolstering his bid four weeks from the beginning of the nomination race. Published January 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at Charlie's Steakhouse at the Carrollton Inn in Carroll, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ted Cruz knocks mainstream media over immigration in new ad

GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz took aim at the "mainstream media" Tuesday by charging in a new television ad that it would see the issue of illegal immigration through a different prism if a herd of lawyers, bankers and journalists were charging across the U.S.-Mexico border. Published January 5, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in his home in Upperco, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Ben Carson calls for 14.9 percent flat tax

GOP presidential contender Ben Carson detailed his plan Monday to overhaul the federal tax code, calling for it to be scrapped in favor of a 14.9 percent flat tax on individual and business income. Published January 4, 2016

Donald Trump is fighting to keep his place at the top of the polls in New Hampshire. This week, he laid into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for embracing President Obama in 2012 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican rivals picking fights, alliances to survive

It's the price of success this primary season: As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surges in the polls in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary, he has drawn the attention of front-runner Donald Trump, who has started aiming some well-placed barbs accusing Mr. Christie of being a party turncoat. Published December 31, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush takes a photo with a Forum Club attendee at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Maria Lorenzino/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush beefing up ground forces in early-primary states: Report

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is rejiggering his approach to the 2016 presidential race, shifting resources away from television advertising and toward beef up its ground troops in the key early primary states, according to the The Des Moines Register. Published December 30, 2015

A person dressed as Santa greets guests during a Christmas-themed campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, whose campaign is offering a signature Christmas sweater for $65. (Associated Press)

Presidential candidates offer campaign stocking stuffers

Christmas doesn't usually scream "presidential campaign" -- but a number of 2016 White House hopefuls are eager for Santa to put their hats, sweatshirts and trinkets under your tree this year. Published December 23, 2015