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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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Scott Brown Expected to Add Campaign Staff Next Week

March 24, 2014

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown has been touring New Hampshire relentlessly since announcing earlier this month he is moving toward a challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — and his operation is now beginning to take shape.

Mark Begich Debuts TV Ad Starring Late Father in Alaska

March 20, 2014

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is launching a 60-second biographical TV ad on Thursday, highlighting his long ties to the state as Republicans attempt to tether him to Washington in his re-election race.

DSCC Raised $6.8M in February (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 8:57 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised $6.8 million in February, bringing its total fundraising for the cycle to $66 million.

Outside Group's Poll Shows Tightening Oklahoma Senate Primary

March 18, 2014

The special-election primary to replace resigning Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is tightening after an advertising blitz benefiting Republican state Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Scott Brown Announces Preparations for Senate Bid

March 14, 2014

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass., announced Friday he is preparing to run for Senate in New Hampshire, kicking off a nearly unprecedented bid to represent a second state in the Senate.

Fox Terminates Scott Brown's Contract Ahead of Senate Announcement

March 14, 2014

Fox News has terminated its contract with former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., ahead of his expected move toward a Senate bid, the network announced Friday.

After Tough Florida Loss, Democrats Focus On November Turnout

March 12, 2014

In the wake of Tuesday’s devastating special-election loss, Democrats emphasized their party’s need to ensure the November electorate resembles the 2012 elections far more than the turnout in Florida’s 13th District did.

Club for Growth PAC Backs GOP Candidate in Alaska

March 12, 2014

The Club for Growth’s political action arm announced Wednesday that it is supporting Dan Sullivan in the Republican Senate primary in Alaska.

Tea Party Senate Candidates Descend on CPAC

March 7, 2014

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Much of the attention surrounding the Conservative Political Action Conference is understandably focused on the plethora of Republicans here who may be running for president at this time next year.

Rand Paul Headlining CPAC Fundraiser for N.C. Senate Hopeful

March 7, 2014

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is headlining a fundraiser Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference for a tea-party-backed Senate candidate in North Carolina.

Expanding the Senate Map Promises to Get Expensive

March 7, 2014

Senate Republicans aren’t just widening their path to the majority with each new seat added to the competitive map, they’re also increasing the odds Democrats will have to spend money in states beyond the top battlegrounds.

McConnell Vows Conservative Agenda if He's Senate Leader

March 6, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a ballroom full of activists Thursday that he would fight “tooth and nail” for a conservative agenda if he takes the helm of a Republican majority next year.

Potential 2016 Contenders Dominate CPAC Lineup

March 6, 2014

Five Republicans who could share a presidential primary debate stage next year will all deliver speeches by lunchtime at today’s start of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Mike Lee Backs Sasse in Nebraska Primary

March 4, 2014

Utah Sen. Mike Lee is backing Ben Sasse for Senate in Nebraska, adding another congressional endorsement for the Midland University president in his competitive GOP primary.

In Hawaii, an Intraparty Fight for D.C. Insider Mantle

March 3, 2014

While many members fight to distance themselves from an unpopular Congress this cycle, thousands of miles away, two Democrats are battling to brag about who has tighter ties to Capitol Hill.

Former Congressman Seeking Mississippi Senate Seat

Feb. 28, 2014

Former Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers announced Friday he will run for Senate, putting a legitimate contender in place for Democrats as a potentially nasty primary plays out on the Republican side.

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.

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.

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.

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

Feb. 12, 2014

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

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.

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