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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

Cruz moves to escape Trump's shadow, claim his supporters with cash haul

After spending several months drafting behind Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz appears to be making his move to escape the billionaire businessman's wake and try to capture his loyal supporters in the GOP presidential nomination contest, putting the first chinks in the unusual alliance that had developed between the two candidates. Published October 11, 2015

"In time, I don't believe Donald [Trump] is going to be the nominee, and I think in time the lion's share of his supporters end up with us," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz says Donald Trump won't be Republican nominee

Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that he doesn't think that Donald Trump will capture the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and predicted that it is only a matter of time before most of the New York billionaire's supporters will move to his camp. Published October 8, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks during a political rally in The Villages, Fla., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (George Horsford/Daily Sun via AP) ** FILE **

Opponents criticize Marco Rubio's absence from Senate battles

Sen. Marco Rubio has missed nearly a third of the Senate votes this year, skipping out on battles over the Keystone XL pipeline, Iran sanctions and Planned Parenthood as he's campaigning for president — and he's beginning to face criticism for his conflicting priorities. Published October 8, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, listens as he gets the endorsement of former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

John Kasich backs legal status for illegal immigrants

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said nonviolent illegal immigrants are here to stay and trying to deport them would cause "sheer panic" among Hispanics, saying Tuesday that the U.S. must find a way of legalizing them. Published October 6, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump talks during a campaign stop in Keene, N.H., in this Sept. 30, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hispanic Chamber dings Trump for passing on forum

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Friday that Donald Trump's decision to pull out of a question and answer session scheduled for next week "only deepens our community's already negative perceptions of him." Published October 2, 2015

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, discusses the $1 million fine, the largest in its history, levied against two political action committees for campaign-reporting violations, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

FEC kills effort to ban foreign donations to local initiatives

The Federal Election Commission squelched a Democrat-led effort Thursday to ban foreigners from being able to contribute to state ballot initiative campaigns, with Republicans insisting they have no power to impose their will in this area. Published October 1, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, points while talking with visitors on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul raises $2.5M in 3rd quarter

Sen. Rand Paul raised about $2.5 million for his presidential bid over the last three months, a marked drop-off from the previous reporting period. Published October 1, 2015

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. (Associated Press)

John Bolton backs John McCain's push for a sixth term

John Bolton endorsed Sen. John McCain's re-election bid Thursday, touting the Arizona Republican's belief that the United States must take a more robust approach to national security and foreign affairs. Published October 1, 2015


John Kasich feels pressure to prove he can raise funds

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was under pressure Wednesday to show he can raise the kind of money needed to keep his presidential bid going, joining a number of lower-tier Republican candidates who need to post a strong third quarter fundraising haul. Published September 30, 2015