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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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Stories by Kyle Trygstad:

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 partyís most vulnerable incumbents can survive stiff re-election challenges, even in red states where the presidentís 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, Nunnís GOP opponent for the stateís 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 ó at least in Arkansas.

The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Sept. 1, 2014

There is a new chart-topper in Roll Callís 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 canít 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

Alaskaís 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.

Alaska Republicans Set to Choose Mark Begich Challenger

Aug. 18, 2014

DNR Dan. Afghan Dan. The Other Dan.

Montana Democrats Nominate John Walsh's Replacement

Aug. 16, 2014

The Montana Democratic Party nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis on Saturday to replace retiring Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.

Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

Aug. 16, 2014

Nearly a week after most of the state voted, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has now defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.

Cantor Spokeswoman Joins Georgia Senate Campaign

Aug. 11, 2014

The press secretary to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is heading to the South to help Republicans retain one of their two most endangered Senate seats.

Hawaii Primary Results: Hurricane Iselle Delays Force Brian Schatz, Colleen Hanabusa to Wait

Aug. 10, 2014

The Democratic primary between Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was too close to call early Sunday morning, and the race may not be decided for days.

Hurricane Iselle Could Cause Havoc for Hawaii Primary (Video)

Aug. 7, 2014

The Hawaii primary is in a state of uncertainty, as Hurricane Iselle and a second storm barrel toward the islands and get-out-the-vote pushes are intermixed with information on where to find emergency assistance.

John Walsh Drops Senate Bid in Montana

Aug. 7, 2014

Montana Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he wonít be coming back to the Senate next year, confirming what was already the most likely conclusion to his campaign.

Senate Democrats Launch First IE Ad of 2014 (Video)

Aug. 5, 2014

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched its first independent expenditure ad of the cycle Tuesday, the premiere installment in a $3.6 million buy in Arkansas on behalf of Sen. Mark Pryor.

Top 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

Aug. 4, 2014

Three months before Election Day, itís clear some senators may not return to Congress after the midterms ó and thatís mostly good news for Republicans.

Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him

July 31, 2014

The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not.

McConnell Declines NRSC Intervention for Re-Election

July 31, 2014

With Republicans eyeing the Senate majority and his own job title poised to change, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has told the National Republican Senatorial Committee not to worry about his race.

Mark Pryor Up 2 Points in Democratic Poll

July 30, 2014

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor led his Republican challenger by 2 points in a recent Democratic poll, which is the third survey on the race released in the last two days.

NRSC Chairman: Senate Map Has Expanded to 12 States

July 29, 2014

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran said Tuesday the GOPís pickup opportunities have expanded to around a dozen states ó twice as many as needed to take control of the Senate.

6 Reasons Senate Republicans Should Be Optimistic ó and Concerned About Election Day

July 27, 2014

With 100 days to go until Election Day, Senate Republicans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about winning the majority ó but they also have grounds for concern.

Senator Gets Outside Help for Final Days of Hawaii Primary (Video)

July 25, 2014

The League of Conservation Voters is spending $380,000 on a TV ad campaign over the next two weeks to boost Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary.

Alaska Republican Super PAC Launches Another Ad

July 25, 2014

A super PAC supporting Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan is launching a radio ad Friday taking aim at his two leading Senate race opponents.

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