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Kyle Trygstad

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Kyle Trygstad, a D.C. native, covers House and Senate campaigns for Roll Call. Kyle came to the newspaper in 2010 after nearly three years at Real Clear Politics, where he covered the 2008 presidential and Congressional campaigns, as well as Capitol Hill. He began his journalism career at National Journal, first as a writer for the Hotline and later as a researcher for the Almanac of American Politics. Kyle also covered the Virginia Legislature as a stringer for newspapers around the state while attending college in Richmond.

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Stories by Kyle Trygstad:

Why Senate Control May Not Be Known by Wednesday

Nov. 4, 2014

There are enough Democratic seats in play for Republicans to secure the Senate majority Tuesday, but there is also a chance the outcome won’t be known for days, weeks or even a couple months.

Final Rankings: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Nov. 1, 2014

Roll Call’s final ranking of the most vulnerable senators doesn’t vary much from previous versions — the result of an unfavorable national climate for Democrats that has failed to improve.

Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime

Oct. 31, 2014

As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator’s attorneys.

Senators Line Up to Be DSCC Chairman in 2016

Oct. 27, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had limited options over the past two cycles as he recruited a chairman to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. But 2016 is likely to be different.

10 Moments That Won or Lost Senate Control

Oct. 27, 2014

The 2014 battle for the Senate has featured a few candidate bumbles and some colorful characters.

Louisiana Senate Runoff Questions Remain After LSU Win

Oct. 27, 2014

If Louisiana State University’s two conference losses earlier this year had briefly quieted anxious chatter in Bayou State political circles, the school’s Oct. 25 victory over Ole Miss has both college football fans and Senate campaigns in the state keeping a close eye on the rest of the season.

Michelle Nunn's Big Challenge: Breaking 50 Percent

Oct. 20, 2014

The competitive open-seat Senate race in Georgia has become an unwanted liability for Republicans’ chances of winning a majority, but Democrat Michelle Nunn still has a perilous path to win a majority of the vote on Nov. 4.

Mark Begich Targeted on Arctic Oil Drilling in New GOP TV Ad (Video)

Oct. 20, 2014

A Republican-aligned outside group is hitting Alaska Sen. Mark Begich for failing to persuade his party to support opening drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

3 Senate Endgame Scenarios

Oct. 15, 2014

So much for a predictable midterm cycle. The past month has left multiple possible outcomes for control of the Senate.

NRSC Airs First South Dakota Ad (Video)

Oct. 14, 2014

The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched its first TV ad today in the newest hot race on the competitive Senate playing field, one day after national Democrats released an ad of their own.

DSCC Goes Dark in Kentucky

Oct. 14, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Democrats Hit Alaska Republican on 'Women's Privacy' (Video)

Oct. 14, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a TV ad Tuesday hitting Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan on women’s rights issues.

Al Franken Up 7 Points in Republican Poll

Oct. 9, 2014

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken led by 7 points in an internal poll conducted on behalf of the state Republican Party.

DSCC Ad Hits Scott Brown on Outsourcing

Oct. 9, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a new TV ad Thursday slamming former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., over his connections to outsourcing.

The 5 Big Questions on Senate Race Spending

Oct. 9, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s decision Wednesday to drop $1 million into South Dakota, a race previously written off as a Republican win, was just the latest shakeup of the Senate landscape this week.

Democratic Poll Finds Mark Pryor With Small Lead

Oct. 8, 2014

A new poll conducted for the Arkansas Democratic Party found Sen. Mark Pryor and his Republican challenger still locked in a tight race.

Democrat Responds to DSCC's South Dakota Gamble

Oct. 8, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will run $1 million in advertising in the South Dakota Senate race — a welcome, but not surprising development for the campaign of Democrat Rick Weiland.

Tom Cotton Pushes for Leadership in New TV Ad

Oct. 8, 2014

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton is launching a positive TV ad Wednesday, with just less than four weeks to go in one of Republicans’ top Senate pickup opportunities.

Why Vote Counting in Alaska Takes a Long Time

Oct. 2, 2014

An Alaska Senate race has the potential to once again remain undecided well after the election, and this time the wait could keep control of the Senate up in the air until at least mid-November.

Pat Roberts Ranks Among Most Vulnerable Senators

Oct. 1, 2014

Roll Call Election Map: Race Ratings for Every Seat

New Bill Cassidy Ad Stars Former Landrieu Supporters

Sept. 26, 2014

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is launching a new Senate ad Saturday featuring former supporters of Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu.

Bill Cassidy Dips Into Landrieu Territory for Votes

Sept. 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS — At a Saturday morning community health fair in a Vietnamese enclave in the predominantly black eastern wing of this city, Cassidy wasn’t exactly in politically friendly territory.

Mary Landrieu to Keg-Stand Critics: 'Get a Life'

Sept. 22, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — In the shadow of the state Capitol on Monday, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu had a message for any Republican critics of her decision Saturday to help a Louisiana State University football fan perform a keg stand as she campaigned across campus.

Voters, Tigers and Beers — Oh My!

Sept. 22, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — Six weeks from Election Day, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu gathered the troops on the Louisiana State University campus, where tens of thousands of football fans and prospective voters congregated for hours ahead of the Saturday night game.

Mary Landrieu Assists Keg Stand

Sept. 21, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — There are some wild and crazy people in there.

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