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Kyle Trygstad


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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Cotton's Softer Side Displayed in Senate Race (Video)

Sept. 17, 2014

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign kicked off the final sprint to November with advertising designed to soften the image of one of the GOP’s most-touted Senate recruits.

DSCC Topped NRSC in August Fundraising

Sept. 16, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Tuesday it raised $7.7 million in August, topping its Republican counterpart and bringing its total raised for the cycle to more than $111 million.

NRSC Ad Hits Bruce Braley on Congressional Attendance (Video)

Sept. 16, 2014

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a TV ad in Iowa Tuesday that criticizes Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley for his attendance record on the House floor and a committee he served.

Democrats Have a Plan to Overcome Obama in Red States

Sept. 15, 2014

As national analysts say the odds are increasingly against them, Democratic senators and senior operatives remain optimistic the party’s most vulnerable incumbents can survive stiff re-election challenges, even in red states where the president’s popularity is sunk.

Michelle Nunn Hits David Perdue on Equal Pay (Video)

Sept. 12, 2014

Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn launched a TV ad Friday asking whether women can trust David Perdue, Nunn’s GOP opponent for the state’s open Senate seat.

GOP Responds to Mark Pryor's Health Care Ad

Sept. 2, 2014

Any questions about whether the Affordable Care Act would still play a central role in Republican messaging against Democratic incumbents this cycle have been answered — at least in Arkansas.

The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Sept. 1, 2014

There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators.

National Democrats Hit Tom Cotton on Social Security

Aug. 28, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new TV ad in Arkansas Thursday that continues a theme of portraying Republican Rep. Tom Cotton as someone voters can’t trust.

National Democrats Slam Thom Tillis Again on Education Cuts

Aug. 27, 2014

National Democrats are launching yet another TV ad hitting North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis on state cuts to public education.

Alaska Post-Primary Outside Spending Surge Continues

Aug. 21, 2014

A Republican-aligned outside group launched a $1.25 million ad buy Thursday against Alaska Sen. Mark Begich.

Super PAC Greets Sullivan Win With Attack Ad

Aug. 20, 2014

Alaska’s newly minted Republican Senate nominee will awake the morning after his primary victory to a negative TV ad from a Democratic super PAC.

Alaska Primary: Dan Sullivan Will Face Mark Begich

Aug. 20, 2014

Alaska Republicans have finally picked a nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the cycle.

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