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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 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

GOP White House hopeful Ted Cruz ruled the roost once again at the annual Values Voter Summit by winning the annual presidential preference straw poll here for the third straight year - further cementing his status a favorite among social conservatives that will play a pivotal role in picking the party's nominee. Published September 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to the media in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 24, 2015. The former Arkansas governor returned to his home state Monday night for a fundraiser and party to mark his 60th birthday. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mike Huckabee: GOP majority in Congress, but acting like minority

Former Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told social conservatives Friday that he "wasted" his time last year working to help Republicans flip control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House of Representatives. Published September 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to capture his third straight straw poll victory at this weekend's annual gathering of social conservatives. The straw poll win would send the message social conservatives' pick for the 2016 Republican presidential primary. (The Des Moines Register via Associated Press)

'Trump is the John the Baptist of Ted Cruz'

Sen. Ted Cruz heads into this weekend's Values Voter Summit looking to capture his third straight straw poll victory at the annual gathering of social conservatives, a victory that would send the message he's their pick for channeling their anger with Washington into votes in the GOP presidential primary. Published September 24, 2015

The Carly for America super PAC on Tuesday is holding a world premiere event to launch their "Citizen Carly" documentary at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse just outside Washington. (Associated Press)

Candidates' super PAC footage tests spirit of campaign finance laws

Before Carly Fiorina announced she was running for president, she sat down to tape footage for a supportive political action committee that is poised to begin running it this week as part of a pro-Fiorina documentary -- in a move that tests the spirit of campaign finance laws. Published September 21, 2015

"Today I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field," said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. "With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately." (Associated Press)

Scott Walker suspends presidential campaign, urges others to follow suit

Scott Walker announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the 2016 GOP presidential race -- a stunning collapse for the Wisconsin governor who was billed as an early favorite to be the party's standard-bearer, only to have had his hopes dashed in a matter of months. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush arrives in Mackinac Island, Mich., for the 2016 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Jeb Bush: DREAMERS should get pathway to citizenship

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pushed back against Donald Trump's calls for an immigration crackdown, warning that some of the GOP's "louder voices" are using the politics of fear to divide the country over the thorny issue and torpedo efforts to strengthen the system and, in turn, the nation's economy. Published September 21, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at a town hall event in Rochester, N.H., on Sept. 17, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump backs 2nd Amendment, calls for national concealed carry

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Friday the government should expand gun rights for law-abiding citizens and focus more on cracking down on violent criminals and making sure guns don't fall into the hands of the mentally ill. Published September 18, 2015

"Carly Fiorina is the one Republican Hillary Clinton hopes she never has to face, because Carly Fiorina can take on Hillary Clinton in ways that the men in gray suits and red ties can't," said Charlie Gerow, a GOP strategist who is advising Ms. Fiorina. (Associated Press)

Carly looms as Hillary's worst nightmare

Carly Fiorina, the only consensus winner out of this week's GOP presidential debate, went a long way toward cementing her claim as Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare, as she looked to solidify her status as a top contender for the party's nomination and convince donors and primary voters to give her a serious look. Published September 17, 2015