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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:

Poll: Lindsey Graham Close to Avoiding Runoff

Feb. 26, 2014

South Carolina Republican primary voters don’t think the country is on the right track, but they’re not yet blaming Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Outside Group Ad Touts McConnell's Coal Efforts

Feb. 24, 2014

While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican primary challenger in Kentucky hammer each other over the airwaves, a nonprofit group has launched another spot highlighting McConnell’s efforts to oppose the Obama administration.

Olympic Snowboarder Makes Senate Endorsement

Feb. 20, 2014

In what’s likely the first congressional endorsement by an Olympian in 2014, snowboarder Ryan Stassel has left the winter games in Russia and returned home to Anchorage, where he will formally endorse Alaska Senate candidate Mead Treadwell.

Gary Miller to Retire From Congress (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 12, 2014

California Rep. Gary G. Miller announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election.

Gary Miller to Retire From Congress

Feb. 12, 2014

California Rep. Gary G. Miller announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election.

“It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families," Miller said in a statement. "While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton."

Miller, first elected in 1998, entered this cycle as the most vulnerable Republican. He represents a southern California district President Barack Obama carried with 57 percent of the vote in 2012.

Conservative Group Ups Spending to $2.6M Against Landrieu

Feb. 12, 2014

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative outside group backed by Charles and David Koch, launched yet another stinging TV ad Wednesday against Sen. Mary L. Landrieu.

Lindsey Graham Launches First Campaign Ads

Feb. 11, 2014

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is facing a few Republican primary challengers, released his first TV and radio ads of the year on Tuesday.

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh Appointed to Replace Baucus

Feb. 7, 2014

Win or lose in November, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh will be the next senator from Montana.

Montana Gov. Going 'Through a Process' to Replace Max Baucus (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 4:15 p.m. | The Senate’s confirmation Thursday of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China immediately sets off the need for an appointment to replace him.

Pryor Launches TV Ads Aimed at Cotton Record

Feb. 5, 2014

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign launched two TV ads Wednesday going directly after his Republican opponent’s legislative record on Medicare.

Super PAC TV Ad Touts Dan Sullivan in Alaska

Feb. 4, 2014

An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad Tuesday that paints him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

DSCC, NRSC Raised $4M in December

Jan. 31, 2014

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms both raised $4 million in December, according to figures released Friday.

Obama's Cousin Hopes to Stop President From 'Destroying America' (Video)

Jan. 31, 2014

The candidate: Physician Milton WolfThe member: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.The state: Roberts ran unopposed in his 2008 primary and won the general with 60 percent. Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.The candidate’s team: Jason Miller of Jamestown Associates is the general and media consultant.

Candidate Interview: Milton Wolf (R) KS-SEN

Jan. 31, 2014

The physician who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas visited Roll Call on Monday, Jan. 27.

Farm Bill Vote Provides Wedge Issue for Pryor

Jan. 29, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., intends to make the farm bill a driving issue in his competitive re-election race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

Hoyer: O’Malley Would Be ‘Excellent’ President

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

Hoyer: O'Malley Would Be 'Excellent' President (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

Reid: Senate Dems Will Invite Obama to Campaign Trail

Jan. 28, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said vulnerable Senate Democrats should and will invite President Barack Obama to campaign with them this year.

Faces to Watch During the 2014 State of the Union

Jan. 27, 2014

President Barack Obama will go before Congress Tuesday night to deliver the State of the Union address as both parties are gearing up for a bruising midterm election campaign.

John Warner Endorses Mark Warner (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2014

Updated 3:45 p.m. | Former Virginia Sen. John Warner is crossing party lines to support Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign this year.

McConnell Releases First Two TV Ads of 2014

Jan. 22, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released his first two TV ads of the election year on Wednesday — positive spots emphasizing that he has utilized his position on Capitol Hill to help Kentuckians in need.

Va. GOP Losses May Help Gillespie's Convention Fight

Jan. 22, 2014

With the stink of their party’s statewide sweep not yet three months old, Virginia Republicans said Ed Gillespie should have little trouble winning the GOP Senate nomination in June and advancing to take on Democrat Mark Warner.

David Vitter Announces Run for Governor

Jan. 21, 2014

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year, confirming the biggest open secret in Bayou State politics and on Capitol Hill.

Gillespie Announces Virginia Senate Campaign

Jan. 16, 2014

Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced Thursday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

Senate GOP More Optimistic About Midterms

Jan. 15, 2014

At the dawn of the election year, Senate Republicans feel a renewed sense of optimism in their fight to net the six seats necessary to win the majority in 2014.

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