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Kyle Trygstad


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:

Raccoon: The Meal of Political Champions in Arkansas

Jan. 10, 2014

A small, agricultural town in southeast Arkansas will morph into the center of the state’s political universe this weekend, as elected officials, candidates and political insiders caravan in for an event that marks the start of a lively election year.

Alaska Super PAC Hits Begich in 3 Radio Ads

Jan. 9, 2014

An Alaska-based super PAC supporting one of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s Republican challengers is launching its first three ads of the campaign on Friday.

Lamar Alexander Launches First TV Ad

Jan. 9, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., launched the first TV ad of his re-election campaign on Thursday, reminding voters of his conservative principles and years of fighting on behalf of the state.

Jack Kingston Raised $880K in 4th Quarter

Jan. 8, 2014

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston will file yet another strong fundraising period when fourth-quarter reports are due at the end of the month.

Why It Didn't Work for Liz Cheney

Jan. 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cited family health concerns as her reason for dropping out of the Wyoming Senate race, but her exit Monday came after months of struggling to gain traction in a Republican primary challenge to Sen. Michael B. Enzi.

Unpopular Obama's New Gig in 2014: Fundraiser in Chief

Jan. 5, 2014

Barack Obama’s 2014 campaign footprint is expected in some ways to mirror the last president’s second midterm slump — heavy on fundraising, light on swing-state campaigning.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Kentucky Senate

Dec. 31, 2013

There isn’t too much to see in Kentucky, really. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election only features a primary fight for the future of the Republican Party and a well-connected Democrat who’s benefiting from an entire party’s interest in taking him out.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Arkansas Senate

Dec. 30, 2013

In a year with a few contenders, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is widely considered the most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election. For Republicans, his seat is a must-win for the party to recapture the Senate majority.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Alaska Senate

Dec. 29, 2013

There is so much to like about the 2014 Alaska Senate race, starting with the fact that there is a competitive race there at all.

DSCC Outraised NRSC in November

Dec. 20, 2013

The National Republican Senatorial Committee boosted its war chest in November but was again outraised by its Democratic counterpart, according to figures released this week.

Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move Is 'Strictly Personal'

Dec. 19, 2013

Former Sen. Scott Brown said goodbye to Massachusetts on Thursday, confirming in a statement released to the press that he is moving to New Hampshire.

Poll: Braley Leads in Iowa Despite Disapproval for Obama

Dec. 18, 2013

Despite poor approval ratings for the president in Iowa, the Democratic candidate for Senate led all of his potential Republican opponents in a poll released Wednesday.

Mia Love Is Clear Front-Runner for Matheson Seat

Dec. 18, 2013

For an ambitious Republican, there is no more attractive House seat than that of retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — but the congressman’s former foe could be strong enough to hold off a run on the seat.

Cochran Hires Campaign Manager for Tough Re-Election

Dec. 17, 2013

After an endorsement from the biggest names in Mississippi Republican politics, Sen. Thad Cochran has chosen Kirk Sims as campaign manager for his competitive re-election next year.

Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement (Updated)

Dec. 17, 2013

Updated 3:00 p.m. | Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that he “will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.”

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election (Updated)

Dec. 17, 2013

Updated 2 p.m. | Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.

DSCC Raised $5.1 Million in November

Dec. 16, 2013

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday that it raised $5.1 million last month — its best off-year November ever.

The Most Expensive Senate Race of the Cycle — So Far

Dec. 15, 2013

About halfway through the midterm election cycle, North Carolina is on pace to host the most expensive Senate race of 2014.

Super PAC Ad Targets Landrieu Challenger in Louisiana

Dec. 12, 2013

Updated 9:31 a.m. | A Democrat-aligned super PAC has booked airtime in Louisiana, where Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., is facing one of the toughest re-election races in the country.

Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Obama on Coal

Dec. 11, 2013

A super PAC backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is again hitting the radio airwaves to tie the Kentucky Republican’s opponent to national Democrats.

Jane Norton Endorses in Colorado GOP Senate Primary

Dec. 11, 2013

One of the handful of Republicans looking to take on Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has earned the endorsement of Jane Norton, who was heavily favored to win the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.

Landrieu's First TV Ad Highlights Her Obamacare Fix

Dec. 11, 2013

Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu launched the first TV ad of her re-election campaign on Wednesday, highlighting her bill that would allow individual health care plan holders to keep their insurance under Obamacare.

6 Texas-Sized Primary Hurdles for Steve Stockman

Dec. 10, 2013

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s last-minute challenge to Sen. John Cornyn sent shock waves through Republican politics Monday night. But the congressman’s bid to upset the two-term incumbent has some Texas-sized hurdles to overcome before it’s competitive — let alone successful.

Stockman Files to Challenge Cornyn in Texas Senate Primary

Dec. 9, 2013

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn will face Rep. Steve Stockman in the GOP primary for Senate next year in Texas.

McConnell, NRSC to Help Cochran Fundraise

Dec. 9, 2013

With Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision last week to seek re-election, the six-term incumbent must now begin hiring a political team and getting serious about fundraising.

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