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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:

Georgia Democrat Awaits Crowded Republican Primary

May 15, 2014

GLENNVILLE, Ga. — At a law enforcement appreciation cookout last month, just within Georgia’s 12th District line, Democratic Rep. John Barrow back-slapped with the best of them as he made his way through a Republican-heavy crowd.

Begich Could Benefit From a Ballot Initiative Bounce

May 13, 2014

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is all of a sudden the likely beneficiary of a legislative blunder that may send more voters to the polls this fall.

Sullivan Touts Military Service in Latest TV Ad

May 12, 2014

Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan released his latest TV ad on Monday, a 30-second spot highlighting his military service and pushing the message that the state “needs a fighter again.”

Simpson Gets More Air Support in Competitive Primary

May 8, 2014

A super PAC supporting members of Congress targeted by the tea party is launching its second TV ad in Idaho on Thursday.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Launches First TV Ad

May 8, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, launched her first TV ad of the cycle on Thursday.

DNC Chairwoman: Benghazi Committee 'Political Ploy'

May 7, 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday accused House Republicans of creating a select investigative committee on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, solely to motivate their base to turn out in the November midterm elections.

McConnell Touts Jobs Record in Latest TV Ad

May 6, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a second television ad in as many weeks ahead of his GOP primary in Kentucky.

GOP Could Be Stuck With Grimm, Despite Expected Indictment

April 25, 2014

Republican Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s expected federal indictment could be a boon for Democrats who had already targeted his seat in New York’s 11th District — and there may not be much Republicans can do about it.

Senator Rides Snowmachine Across Arctic in Latest Ad

April 22, 2014

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich hops back on a snowmachine in his latest TV ad, cruising across a frozen Arctic Ocean to highlight his efforts over the last five years to win approval for oil drilling.

Mitch McConnell Launches Ad for Final Month of Primary

April 21, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest TV ad kicks off his closing argument for the final month of the Kentucky Republican primary and sets up his message for the start of the general election.

Georgia Republicans Brawl for Conservative Mantle in Senate Debate

April 20, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Seven Republican Senate hopefuls stood before a mammoth American flag Saturday afternoon for the sixth of seven debates hosted by the state GOP.

Jack Kingston Works His Base at Rural Cookout

April 18, 2014

GLENNVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Jack Kingston, who’s represented Savannah in Congress for the last two decades, was at home Thursday evening in nearby Tattnall County, where elected officials and candidates streamed in to put their face in front of the loads of sheriffs, police and first responders gathered on the grounds of a rural pond house.

Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump Speech

April 17, 2014

SHELLMAN, Ga. — Michelle Nunn strolled along train tracks stretching past a depleted downtown lined with empty storefronts and toward a crowd of supporters hoping to meet the state’s next senator.

A Low-Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in Georgia

April 16, 2014

MARIETTA, Ga. — If one knew of Rep. Paul Broun only from a 90-minute Senate candidate forum Tuesday, it wouldn’t be obvious he is the cause of so much heartburn among Republican strategists from Capitol Hill to Atlanta — all hoping to hold the party’s most vulnerable open seat.

Jack Kingston Raised $1.1 Million in 1st Quarter

April 9, 2014

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, one of a handful of Republicans vying for the state’s open Senate seat, raised $1.1 million in the first fundraising quarter of 2014, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

DSCC Outraised NRSC in March

April 9, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in March, ending the month with more than $22 million in cash on hand for the competitive midterms.

NRSC Raised $6.4 Million in March for Elections

April 8, 2014

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Tuesday it raised nearly $6.4 million in March — its best fundraising month of the midterm cycle so far.

Kay Hagan Raised $2.8 Million for Re-Election in 2014

April 7, 2014

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter — an impressive sum for the top target of outside spending in the 2014 midterms.

Tea Party Tested: In One Month, Establishment on Defense

April 7, 2014

A seven-week gauntlet of Republican Senate primaries kicking off next month will decide the fate of the tea party’s success this year.

Heitkamp Heads to West Virginia for Tennant Campaign

April 3, 2014

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who pulled off one of the most unlikely upsets of the 2012 cycle, is heading to West Virginia for the next two days to help a fellow Democratic underdog.

Thad Cochran's Fourth TV Ad Touts Record, Endorsements

April 1, 2014

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran launched a new TV ad Tuesday touting both a conservative record and a history of “standing up for Mississippi.”

The 7 Stock Photos in Mike Rounds' South Dakota Ad — Including One From Paris

March 30, 2014

Updated 6:00 p.m. | In a 60-second, introductory Senate campaign ad released last week, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds touts his state’s economy and quality of life — but it’s unclear if any of the people featured in the Republican’s ad are actually from the Mount Rushmore State.

Braley's Opponent? Two Seem Most Likely From Crowded Field

March 26, 2014

Residing outside of the competitive Senate landscape’s top tier most of this election cycle, Iowa Republicans believe they are finally gaining some momentum for the state’s open seat, particularly by avoiding a nominating convention.

Bruce Braley Apologizes to Grassley for 'Farmer' Slight

March 25, 2014

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group.

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