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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

Pryor Launches TV Ads Aimed at Cotton Record

Feb. 5, 2014

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign launched two TV ads Wednesday going directly after his Republican opponent’s legislative record on Medicare.

Super PAC TV Ad Touts Dan Sullivan in Alaska

Feb. 4, 2014

An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad Tuesday that paints him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

DSCC, NRSC Raised $4M in December

Jan. 31, 2014

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms both raised $4 million in December, according to figures released Friday.

Obama's Cousin Hopes to Stop President From 'Destroying America' (Video)

Jan. 31, 2014

The candidate: Physician Milton WolfThe member: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.The state: Roberts ran unopposed in his 2008 primary and won the general with 60 percent. Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.The candidate’s team: Jason Miller of Jamestown Associates is the general and media consultant.

Candidate Interview: Milton Wolf (R) KS-SEN

Jan. 31, 2014

The physician who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas visited Roll Call on Monday, Jan. 27.

Hoyer: O’Malley Would Be ‘Excellent’ President

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

Farm Bill Vote Provides Wedge Issue for Pryor

Jan. 29, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., intends to make the farm bill a driving issue in his competitive re-election race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

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