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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 Majority Might Not Be Decided Until December

June 19, 2014

For all the money spent on the November elections, control of the Senate might not be decided until a Saturday three weeks before Christmas.

Reinforcements Infiltrate Mississippi Senate Race Runoff

June 17, 2014

The Senate Conservatives Fund launched a new TV ad in Mississippi on Tuesday, becoming the latest outside group to spend significant money on the state’s Republican Senate primary runoff.

Thad Cochran Rakes in Campaign Cash for Runoff

June 13, 2014

Supporters in D.C. and Mississippi have opened their wallets for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., since he came up 1,400 votes behind his GOP primary challenger last week and was forced into a runoff.

Republican Senate Primary Challengers Jump on Eric Cantor Loss

June 10, 2014

The primary challengers to two Senate Republicans quickly jumped on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss in Virginia, using the stunning news in an effort to excite their base.

Cochran Challenger Airs First TV Ad of Runoff

June 10, 2014

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel launched his first TV ad of the Republican Senate primary runoff on Tuesday.

Relieved Senate Republicans Look Forward to November

June 10, 2014

The Senate primaries of note are nearly done, and Republicans are close to their best-possible scenario of GOP nominees to make a run at the majority in 2014.

Candidate Interview: Dan Sullivan (R) AK-SEN

June 5, 2014

The former Alaska attorney general who is challenging Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, visited Roll Call on June 4.

Thad Cochran Allies Revamp Message for Runoff (Video)

June 5, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign and supporters have held separate strategy sessions in the state capital and on Capitol Hill to decipher a plan B for the longtime GOP senator, who heads to a runoff against his primary rival, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, in three weeks.

Lindsey Graham Releases Last Ads Before GOP Primary

June 5, 2014

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham released the final ads of his primary campaign for re-election Thursday.

Mississippi Primary Results: Cochran, McDaniel on Track for Runoff (Updated) (Video)

June 3, 2014

Updated 10:54 a.m., 2:10 p.m. | One of the most contentious Republican Senate primaries of the 2014 cycle was too close to call late Tuesday night, and the Mississippi race could be extended another three weeks.

Thad Cochran Runs on Incumbency, Appropriations in GOP Primary

June 3, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. — Construction on Phase II of the grand Thad Cochran Research Center here on the Ole Miss campus is expected to be completed later this year, around the time the senator hopes to be re-elected to a seventh term.

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress

June 2, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Just more than halfway into his 12-minute stump speech, former Rep. Gene Taylor answered the question hanging over his primary challenge to the Republican that defeated him in 2010.

The Chris McDaniel Bus Sputters and Rallies

May 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — The Chris McDaniel campaign bus is sputtering.

Las Vegas, Cincinnati Out of Contention for 2016 Republican Convention

May 22, 2014

The list of cities contending to host the 2016 Republican National Convention is down to four, with Las Vegas and Cincinnati both withdrawing their bids.

GOP Super PAC Ad Ties Grimes to Hollywood, Obama

May 20, 2014

A super PAC supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky is launching a TV ad on Wednesday against likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell Wins Primary, Will Face Grimes (Updated)

May 20, 2014

Updated 9:21 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his tea party-backed primary rival Tuesday, putting the Republican lawmaker one step closer to winning a sixth term in Kentucky.

McConnell, Grimes Race Has Already Begun as Primary Concludes

May 20, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might be the headliner of the “Super Tuesday” primaries, but the Kentucky Republican’s general election has already started.

Angus King Rolls Out Bipartisan Senate Endorsements (Video)

May 16, 2014

Maine’s Angus King, one of two independents serving in the Senate, is endorsing two colleagues on Friday: New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Republican Susan Collins.

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.

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