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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:

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 — but it’s not the Republican some expected to hear from on the race.

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.

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.

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 president’s re-election campaign morphed Thursday into a partnership to capitalize on the two Democratic consulting firms’ 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.

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.

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 Cheney’s bid for Senate in Wyoming.

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 Democrats’ efforts to hold the Senate majority in 2014, saying “the midterm elections matter” in helping the president’s 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

There’s no separating coal from the politics of West Virginia and Kentucky, two must-win states in the GOP’s 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 Pressler’s, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent won’t 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.

Conservative Groups Divided in Nebraska Senate Race

Nov. 11, 2013

In a display of the unpredictability of the race, conservative groups are falling on opposite sides of the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska.

Ayotte: Scott Brown Would Be 'Very Strong Candidate' for Senate in N.H.

Nov. 8, 2013

The Boston Globe reported Friday that national Republicans are actively recruiting former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown to run again — this time in New Hampshire.

Club for Growth Makes Endorsement in Nebraska GOP Primary

Nov. 7, 2013

The Club for Growth is taking sides in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska, where a competitive nomination battle has unfolded for a safely Republican seat.

NRSC: We'll Spend in Primaries if Necessary

Nov. 5, 2013

Senate Republicans are now open to spending money to help a preferred candidate through a competitive primary — a change from last cycle when the committee was under different leadership.

Democratic Super PAC Defends Hagan on TV

Nov. 5, 2013

A Democrat-aligned super PAC is coming to the defense of North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, who was hit last week in a TV ad from a conservative outside group.

How Can 2014's Most Endangered Senator Win?

Nov. 4, 2013

If there’s one thing both parties can agree on, it’s that Sen. Mark Pryor is the most vulnerable incumbent facing re-election next year.

American Bridge Announces New Campaign

Nov. 4, 2013

American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research super PAC, unveiled its new Correct the Record campaign last week.

Potential Senate Opponent Instead Backs Cassidy in Louisiana

Nov. 4, 2013

A potential GOP rival to Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy reversed course over the weekend and endorsed the three-term Louisiana congressman, who is running for Senate.

Martha McKenna to Lead DSCC's Independent Expenditure Program

Nov. 4, 2013

Veteran strategist Martha McKenna will lead the independent expenditure program for Senate Democrats in the 2014 midterms.

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