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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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