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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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The Open-Seat Senate Race No One's Talking About

Sept. 11, 2013

The open Senate seat that no one is talking about could get a little more interesting this month.

Poll: Booker Up 35 With a Month to Go | #NJSEN

Sept. 11, 2013

With a month to go in New Jersey’s Senate special election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pulled out to a 35-point lead, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.

The Cheap Seats: Senate Majority Determined in Inexpensive States

Sept. 11, 2013

Getting an ad on the air in a competitive Senate race next year may not break the bank, but that won’t change the unruly amount of money that will be spent.

McConnell Primary Challenger Vows 'Expensive Race' (Video)

Sept. 10, 2013

The candidate: Businessman Matt Bevin, a RepublicanThe member: Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.The state: Kentucky hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992 or for president since 1996, but McConnell is the top target of national Democrats in 2014. The general election is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.The candidate’s team: Cold Spark Media is doing media and general consulting.

Democrats Hope Lt. Gov. Seeks Montana Senate Seat

Sept. 9, 2013

With a string of declinations from potential candidates, Democrats continue to hunt for a strong recruit for the open Senate seat in Montana — potentially a top-tier race.

TV Ad Targets McConnell on Obamacare Defunding | #KYSEN (Video)

Sept. 5, 2013

The Senate Conservatives Fund is upping its ante against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by launching a TV attack ad statewide.

Montana Senate Field Now Cleared for Daines | #MTSEN

Sept. 3, 2013

Former Montana state Sen. Corey Stapleton confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that he is dropping his Senate bid to run for the House instead.

No New Hampshire Senate Bid for Ex-Congressman | #NHSEN

Sept. 3, 2013

Former Rep. Jeb Bradley, R-N.H., told New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV that he will not run for statewide office next year, removing one of the party’s top potential Senate candidates.

Rand Paul to Stump for Republican in New Jersey Special | #NJSEN

Sept. 3, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will rally supporters next week for the Republican nominee in the New Jersey Senate special election.

Secretaries of State Face Long Odds in Making the Leap to Senate

Aug. 30, 2013

It’s not a natural springboard to the Senate, but the position of secretary of state may appear that way leading up to the 2014 midterms. By this time next year, as many as four Senate nominees may list that job at the top of their political résumés.

Booker Out to Wide Lead in New Jersey Special | #NJSEN

Aug. 29, 2013

A poll released Thursday only confirmed Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s solid advantage in the New Jersey Senate special election.

Two Conservative Groups Target McConnell in Radio Ads | #KYSEN

Aug. 27, 2013

Two outside groups that support conservative candidates have launched radio ads this week targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell Poll Shows Lead With Tea Party Republicans | #KYSEN

Aug. 22, 2013

Facing a spirited Republican primary challenge in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a poll on Thursday that found he still has the support of more than two-thirds of GOP voters.

Lamar Alexander Challenger Swiftly Loses Consultant | #TNSEN

Aug. 20, 2013

Republican strategist Chip Saltsman announced he has resigned from the campaign of Joe Carr — just hours after the candidate switched from a House race to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the primary.

McConnell Strikes Again on TV Against GOP Challenger | #KYSEN (Video)

Aug. 20, 2013

In his latest TV ad, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to undercut the credibility of his Republican primary challenger in Kentucky.

Braley Hires Top Operative as Senate Race Campaign Manager | #IASEN

Aug. 20, 2013

With a Senate victory already under her belt this cycle, top Democratic operative Sarah Benzing is headed home to Iowa to manage the Senate campaign of Rep. Bruce Braley.

Republicans Wait on Daines' Decision in Montana Senate Race | #MTSEN #MTAL

Aug. 19, 2013

Montana state Sen. Matt Rosendale, a Republican, recently filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to start raising money to run for Congress — he’s just not sure which office yet.

Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Aug. 16, 2013

After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.

Senate Republicans Duck Hunt in Louisiana | #LASEN

Aug. 14, 2013

Senate Republicans are using a classic video game and tonight’s season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” to target Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in their campaign arm’s first televised ad of the midterm election cycle.

Cory Booker Wins Senate Special-Election Primary | #NJSEN

Aug. 13, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary Tuesday and is now favored to win the New Jersey Senate special election in October.

Ex-Congressman Says No to Montana Senate Bid #MTSEN

Aug. 13, 2013

Former Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., told Lee Newspapers on Monday that he strongly considered, but ultimately opted against, running for the Big Sky State’s open Senate seat.

Cory Booker Talks a Big Game, but Can He Deliver?

Aug. 12, 2013

Cory Booker could be in for a shock.

Baucus Barbecue to Boost Local Democrats' Fundraising #MTSEN

Aug. 9, 2013

Retiring Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will host his annual Sieben Ranch Barbecue and Hoedown on Saturday on his family ranch outside Helena, with proceeds going to the state Democratic Party.

Ken Buck Back in Colorado #COSEN

Aug. 8, 2013

After a close defeat in 2010, Republican Ken Buck announced on Thursday that he is running for Senate in Colorado again.

Club for Growth Backs Mark Pryor Challenger #ARSEN

Aug. 7, 2013

Updated 11:55 a.m. |The Club for Growth’s political action committee formally endorsed Republican Rep. Tom Cotton on Wednesday, a day after the freshman announced a challenge to Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

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