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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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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.

Obama Hits the Road Next Week for Delayed DSCC Fundraisers

Nov. 1, 2013

President Barack Obama will finally hit the road next week for fundraisers benefiting Senate Democrats.

Daines Holding 'Special Event' Next Week

Oct. 31, 2013

Montana Rep. Steve Daines, who is widely expected to run for Senate, is inviting supporters to a “special event” next week.

DSCC Spreads Wealth to State Parties for 2014

Oct. 29, 2013

Senate Democrats have quietly started implementing their plan to keep the majority by transferring funds to state parties with top races in 2014.

Top GOP Recruit Expected to Make Senate Announcement Soon

Oct. 23, 2013

Rep. Steve Daines, one of the last remaining 2014 Senate recruit holdouts, is expected to announce his decision by the end of this year, according to a Montana Republican source familiar with his thinking.

GOP Poll: Cotton Holds Edge Over Pryor in Arkansas

Oct. 23, 2013

A poll conducted on behalf of Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign found the Arkansas Republican with a 4-point lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor — within the margin of error for the survey.

The 7 Republican Senators Most Vulnerable to a Primary

Oct. 22, 2013

Hard-line conservatives are rising out of the ashes of a weekslong government shutdown, emboldened by the possibility of adding to their ranks in the Senate next year — whether by picking up Democrat-held seats or taking out Republican incumbents.

Club for Growth Boosts Senate GOP Primary Challenger on TV

Oct. 21, 2013

The Club for Growth will hit the Mississippi television airwaves Tuesday to boost a GOP primary challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran.

Cruz-Aligned Group Endorses McConnell Challenger

Oct. 18, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund, a group Sen. Ted Cruz helped raise money for by appearing in an anti-Obamacare ad, has for the second time in two days endorsed a challenger to a Republican senator — this time the minority leader of the Senate.

Cory Booker Elected Senator in New Jersey

Oct. 16, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Twitter star with a Rolodex of Hollywood contacts, was elected to the Senate on Wednesday following a New Jersey special election campaign that lacked suspense.

Challenger Knocks McConnell for Forging Senate Shutdown Deal

Oct. 16, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s GOP primary challenger jumped on the news that the incumbent helped craft a deal that would reopen the federal government and extend the debt limit.

DSCC Outraised NRSC in September

Oct. 16, 2013

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more money than its Republican counterpart in September, increasing its fundraising advantage for the year to $13 million.

Rand Paul Endorses in North Carolina Primary

Oct. 16, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered an endorsement on Wednesday to a tea party activist running for the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina — a top pickup opportunity for Republicans.

Senate Candidates Report Strong Fundraising

Oct. 15, 2013

The biggest news out of Tuesday’s Senate fundraising? Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter.

Poll: Booker Up 14 Going Into New Jersey Special Election

Oct. 15, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to lead his Republican opponent by double digits with just one day to go in the New Jersey Senate special election.

The N.J. Special-Election Winner Is ... Chris Christie

Oct. 15, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is expected to cruise to victory Wednesday in the New Jersey Senate special election, punching his ticket to Congress amid battles over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.

McConnell Opponent Loans Campaign $600K

Oct. 11, 2013

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who is waging a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, loaned his campaign $600,000 in the third quarter to help stay competitive with the well-funded incumbent.

Gary Peters Posts Second Million-Dollar Quarter for Senate

Oct. 11, 2013

Michigan Rep. Gary Peters announced that he will report raising more than $1 million in the third quarter, his second straight million-dollar quarter since launching a bid for Senate.

McConnell Raised $2.3M in 3rd Quarter

Oct. 11, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his torrential fundraising pace in the third quarter, as he fends off re-election challenges from both sides.

Georgia Republican Invests $1M in Senate Campaign

Oct. 10, 2013

Republican David Perdue has invested $1 million of his own money into his campaign for Georgia’s open Senate seat, which features a crowded GOP primary.

Booker Cancels Campaign Event After Father's Death

Oct. 10, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has canceled his last Senate campaign event of the day in the wake of his father’s death.

Conservative Super PAC Ups Ad Buy Against Cheney

Oct. 10, 2013

A conservative super PAC is increasing its TV ad buy against Liz Cheney, who is vying for the Republican Senate nomination in Wyoming.

Franken Challenger Posts $700K Fundraising Quarter

Oct. 10, 2013

A Republican challenger to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday that he raised $700,000 in the third quarter.

Sarah Palin to Stump in New Jersey on Saturday

Oct. 10, 2013

Sarah Palin will hit the campaign stump on Saturday ahead of next week’s New Jersey Senate special election.

5 Senate Fundraising Reports to Watch

Oct. 2, 2013

Now that the third quarter has ended, a fresh round of Senate fundraising reports will be released over the next couple of weeks, with keen interest on vulnerable incumbents who posted strong hauls during the first six months of the year, including Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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