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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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John Warner Endorses Mark Warner (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2014

Updated 3:45 p.m. | Former Virginia Sen. John Warner is crossing party lines to support Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign this year.

Va. GOP Losses May Help Gillespie's Convention Fight

Jan. 22, 2014

With the stink of their party’s statewide sweep not yet three months old, Virginia Republicans said Ed Gillespie should have little trouble winning the GOP Senate nomination in June and advancing to take on Democrat Mark Warner.

McConnell Releases First Two TV Ads of 2014

Jan. 22, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released his first two TV ads of the election year on Wednesday — positive spots emphasizing that he has utilized his position on Capitol Hill to help Kentuckians in need.

David Vitter Announces Run for Governor

Jan. 21, 2014

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year, confirming the biggest open secret in Bayou State politics and on Capitol Hill.

Gillespie Announces Virginia Senate Campaign

Jan. 16, 2014

Ed Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced Thursday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

Senate GOP More Optimistic About Midterms

Jan. 15, 2014

At the dawn of the election year, Senate Republicans feel a renewed sense of optimism in their fight to net the six seats necessary to win the majority in 2014.

Cochran Baits Primary Hook With Catfish Fight

Jan. 15, 2014

Just a couple of months ago, Republicans viewed Thad Cochran as the most likely senator to retire in 2014. But now that he’s seeking a seventh term, the Mississippi senator has more work to do than any other Republican in his chamber.

First Potential Miller Successor Announces Candidacy

Jan. 13, 2014

California state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier quickly launched his campaign Monday to replace retiring Rep. George Miller.

Raccoon: The Meal of Political Champions in Arkansas

Jan. 10, 2014

A small, agricultural town in southeast Arkansas will morph into the center of the state’s political universe this weekend, as elected officials, candidates and political insiders caravan in for an event that marks the start of a lively election year.

Lamar Alexander Launches First TV Ad

Jan. 9, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., launched the first TV ad of his re-election campaign on Thursday, reminding voters of his conservative principles and years of fighting on behalf of the state.

Alaska Super PAC Hits Begich in 3 Radio Ads

Jan. 9, 2014

An Alaska-based super PAC supporting one of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s Republican challengers is launching its first three ads of the campaign on Friday.

Jack Kingston Raised $880K in 4th Quarter

Jan. 8, 2014

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston will file yet another strong fundraising period when fourth-quarter reports are due at the end of the month.

Why It Didn't Work for Liz Cheney

Jan. 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cited family health concerns as her reason for dropping out of the Wyoming Senate race, but her exit Monday came after months of struggling to gain traction in a Republican primary challenge to Sen. Michael B. Enzi.

Unpopular Obama's New Gig in 2014: Fundraiser in Chief

Jan. 5, 2014

Barack Obama’s 2014 campaign footprint is expected in some ways to mirror the last president’s second midterm slump — heavy on fundraising, light on swing-state campaigning.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Kentucky Senate

Dec. 31, 2013

There isn’t too much to see in Kentucky, really. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election only features a primary fight for the future of the Republican Party and a well-connected Democrat who’s benefiting from an entire party’s interest in taking him out.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Arkansas Senate

Dec. 30, 2013

In a year with a few contenders, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is widely considered the most vulnerable Democrat up for re-election. For Republicans, his seat is a must-win for the party to recapture the Senate majority.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Alaska Senate

Dec. 29, 2013

There is so much to like about the 2014 Alaska Senate race, starting with the fact that there is a competitive race there at all.

DSCC Outraised NRSC in November

Dec. 20, 2013

The National Republican Senatorial Committee boosted its war chest in November but was again outraised by its Democratic counterpart, according to figures released this week.

Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move Is 'Strictly Personal'

Dec. 19, 2013

Former Sen. Scott Brown said goodbye to Massachusetts on Thursday, confirming in a statement released to the press that he is moving to New Hampshire.

Mia Love Is Clear Front-Runner for Matheson Seat

Dec. 18, 2013

For an ambitious Republican, there is no more attractive House seat than that of retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — but the congressman’s former foe could be strong enough to hold off a run on the seat.

Poll: Braley Leads in Iowa Despite Disapproval for Obama

Dec. 18, 2013

Despite poor approval ratings for the president in Iowa, the Democratic candidate for Senate led all of his potential Republican opponents in a poll released Wednesday.

Cochran Hires Campaign Manager for Tough Re-Election

Dec. 17, 2013

After an endorsement from the biggest names in Mississippi Republican politics, Sen. Thad Cochran has chosen Kirk Sims as campaign manager for his competitive re-election next year.

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election (Updated)

Dec. 17, 2013

Updated 2 p.m. | Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.

Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement (Updated)

Dec. 17, 2013

Updated 3:00 p.m. | Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that he “will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.”

DSCC Raised $5.1 Million in November

Dec. 16, 2013

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday that it raised $5.1 million last month — its best off-year November ever.

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