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Kyle Trygstad

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Kyle Trygstad is Roll Call's features editor. Before writing and editing feature stories, he covered House and Senate races for Roll Call from 2010 through 2014, including a stint as associate politics editor. He previously covered national politics for RealClearPolitics and at National Journal, first as a writer for The Hotline and later as a researcher for The Almanac of American Politics. While at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, the D.C. native served as a Capitol stringer for newspapers around the state and as a copy messenger at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Stories by Kyle Trygstad:

Senate Republicans Elect NRSC Chairman (Updated)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 3:05 p.m. | Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 cycle, when the party will likely be defending a 54-seat majority.

How David Perdue Knew He Would Win

Nov. 12, 2014

The morning after he won Georgia’s open Senate seat, Republican David Perdue was asked on “Fox & Friends” how he avoided a runoff when every available poll had shown a tight race.

Alaska Senate Race Called for Dan Sullivan

Nov. 12, 2014

The Associated Press called the Alaska Senate race early Wednesday for Dan Sullivan, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014

Nov. 10, 2014

As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.

Script Will Be Flipped in 2016 Senate Majority Battle

Nov. 6, 2014

After securing control of the Senate Tuesday, Republicans are already staring down a daunting map for 2016.

A Day in the Life of Rob Collins, on the Brink of the Majority

Nov. 5, 2014

At the tail end of an hour-long press briefing at the National Republican Senatorial Committee less than three weeks before the elections, Executive Director Rob Collins threw out a prediction: The GOP would win the majority on election night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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