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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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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 Stockmanís last-minute challenge to Sen. John Cornyn sent shock waves through Republican politics Monday night. But the congressmanís bid to upset the two-term incumbent has some Texas-sized hurdles to overcome before itís competitive ó 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 Cochranís decision last week to seek re-election, the six-term incumbent must now begin hiring a political team and getting serious about fundraising.

Cochran Faces Toughest Test in 30 Years

Dec. 6, 2013

In one of the last red-state bastions of appreciation for appropriations, Sen. Thad Cochranís decision to seek re-election sets up a unique test for hard-line conservative groups that have targeted incumbents over the past few cycles.

Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina

Dec. 5, 2013

While Democrats up for re-election are facing heat over Obamacare, a Democratic-aligned super PAC launched a TV ad targeting the leading Republican in the North Carolina Senate race on the issue of health care.

Chamber Launches Second Coal Ad This Week

Dec. 5, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching its second TV ad this week highlighting a Republican Senate candidateís support of the coal industry.

A Fight for the GOP Torch in Alaska

Dec. 4, 2013

In a unique twist among most Republican Senate primaries this cycle, the fight for the nomination in Alaska has become a two-headed battle for the establishment mantle.

Scott Brown to Headline New Hampshire GOP Event

Dec. 3, 2013

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown will headline the New Hampshire GOPís holiday party later this month, fueling more speculation about his political aspirations in the Granite State.

Another Potential Opponent Instead Backs Cassidy in Louisiana

Dec. 2, 2013

A second Republican state legislator who previously considered a Senate bid of his own in Louisiana has instead endorsed the campaign of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Chamber Touts McConnell's Coal Efforts in TV Ad

Dec. 2, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting a little help from his friends on the airwaves as he fends off challenges to his re-election next year.

Former Senator to Challenge Shaheen in New Hampshire

Dec. 2, 2013

A former senator said Sunday he will challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in 2014 ó but itís not the Republican some expected to hear from on the race.

In Alaska, Dan Sullivan Helps Dan Sullivan

Nov. 27, 2013

The Alaska Republican primary ballot next year will be a tale of two Dan Sullivans.

GOP Rising Star Launches House Bid in New Hampshire

Nov. 25, 2013

New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced Monday that she will enter the Republican primary for a targeted House race for the party.

Obama Campaign Media, Analytics Gurus Partner Up

Nov. 21, 2013

A relationship fostered over the course of the presidentís re-election campaign morphed Thursday into a partnership to capitalize on the two Democratic consulting firmsí data and media capabilities.

LCV Launches Ads in Battleground House, Senate Races

Nov. 21, 2013

The League of Conservation Voters has launched a $1 million ad campaign across five states, including two battleground House districts and two competitive Senate races.

For Wyoming, Cheney Sisters' Squabble Over Same-Sex Marriage Barely Registers

Nov. 20, 2013

The Cheney family feud over same-sex marriage is unlikely to have a lasting, adverse effect on Liz Cheneyís bid for Senate in Wyoming.

Conservative Group Launches Ads Against House, Senate Dems

Nov. 20, 2013

A conservative outside group launched a new round of television ads on Wednesday targeting congressional Democrats for their support of Obamacare.

Major Staff Turnover on Gingrey's Senate Campaign

Nov. 19, 2013

Updated 1:20 p.m. | Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., is in the midst of a major Senate campaign staff shakeup after four top staffers resigned Monday afternoon, CQ Roll Call confirmed.

First Lady Urges Donors to 'Max Out' to Senate Democrats

Nov. 18, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama urged donors in New York on Monday to contribute to Democratsí efforts to hold the Senate majority in 2014, saying ďthe midterm elections matterĒ in helping the presidentís agenda move forward.

DSCC Outraised NRSC in October

Nov. 18, 2013

The 16-day government shutdown was clearly no detriment to campaign fundraising, as both Senate committees posted solid numbers in October.

Coal Fires Up Two Key Senate Races in 2014

Nov. 17, 2013

Thereís no separating coal from the politics of West Virginia and Kentucky, two must-win states in the GOPís calculus to regain the Senate majority in 2014.

Ex-S.D. Senator: Comeback Bid Based on 'Idealistic Concept'

Nov. 14, 2013

If he runs at all, former Sen. Larry Presslerís, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent wonít look like your traditional campaign.

New Dem Poll Shows McConnell in Tight Race

Nov. 12, 2013

As a new poll showed a tight race in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held a news conference in Louisville to press for the repeal of the health care overhaul and tie his opponent to the Senate Democrats who voted for it.

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