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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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Tea Party Tested: In One Month, Establishment on Defense

April 7, 2014

A seven-week gauntlet of Republican Senate primaries kicking off next month will decide the fate of the tea party’s success this year.

Kay Hagan Raised $2.8 Million for Re-Election in 2014

April 7, 2014

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter — an impressive sum for the top target of outside spending in the 2014 midterms.

Heitkamp Heads to West Virginia for Tennant Campaign

April 3, 2014

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who pulled off one of the most unlikely upsets of the 2012 cycle, is heading to West Virginia for the next two days to help a fellow Democratic underdog.

Thad Cochran's Fourth TV Ad Touts Record, Endorsements

April 1, 2014

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran launched a new TV ad Tuesday touting both a conservative record and a history of “standing up for Mississippi.”

The 7 Stock Photos in Mike Rounds' South Dakota Ad — Including One From Paris

March 30, 2014

Updated 6:00 p.m. | In a 60-second, introductory Senate campaign ad released last week, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds touts his state’s economy and quality of life — but it’s unclear if any of the people featured in the Republican’s ad are actually from the Mount Rushmore State.

Braley's Opponent? Two Seem Most Likely From Crowded Field

March 26, 2014

Residing outside of the competitive Senate landscape’s top tier most of this election cycle, Iowa Republicans believe they are finally gaining some momentum for the state’s open seat, particularly by avoiding a nominating convention.

Bruce Braley Apologizes to Grassley for 'Farmer' Slight

March 25, 2014

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group.

The Many Reasons Mark Kirk Won't Stump for Oberweis

March 25, 2014

Sen. Mark S. Kirk’s decision not to campaign this year against his in-state Democratic colleague should come as no surprise.

Brian Schatz Launches First TV Ad in Hawaii Senate Primary

March 24, 2014

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz launched his first TV ad Monday in the state’s highly competitive Democratic primary for Senate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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