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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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Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh Appointed to Replace Baucus

Feb. 7, 2014

Win or lose in November, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh will be the next senator from Montana.

Montana Gov. Going 'Through a Process' to Replace Max Baucus (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 4:15 p.m. | The Senate’s confirmation Thursday of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China immediately sets off the need for an appointment to replace him.

Pryor Launches TV Ads Aimed at Cotton Record

Feb. 5, 2014

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign launched two TV ads Wednesday going directly after his Republican opponent’s legislative record on Medicare.

Super PAC TV Ad Touts Dan Sullivan in Alaska

Feb. 4, 2014

An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad Tuesday that paints him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

DSCC, NRSC Raised $4M in December

Jan. 31, 2014

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms both raised $4 million in December, according to figures released Friday.

Obama's Cousin Hopes to Stop President From 'Destroying America' (Video)

Jan. 31, 2014

The candidate: Physician Milton WolfThe member: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.The state: Roberts ran unopposed in his 2008 primary and won the general with 60 percent. Kansas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.The candidate’s team: Jason Miller of Jamestown Associates is the general and media consultant.

Candidate Interview: Milton Wolf (R) KS-SEN

Jan. 31, 2014

The physician who is challenging Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas visited Roll Call on Monday, Jan. 27.

Farm Bill Vote Provides Wedge Issue for Pryor

Jan. 29, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., intends to make the farm bill a driving issue in his competitive re-election race against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton.

Hoyer: O’Malley Would Be ‘Excellent’ President

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

Hoyer: O'Malley Would Be 'Excellent' President (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Tuesday night that if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president in 2016, the Democrat would support his home state governor, Martin O’Malley.

Reid: Senate Dems Will Invite Obama to Campaign Trail

Jan. 28, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said vulnerable Senate Democrats should and will invite President Barack Obama to campaign with them this year.

Faces to Watch During the 2014 State of the Union

Jan. 27, 2014

President Barack Obama will go before Congress Tuesday night to deliver the State of the Union address as both parties are gearing up for a bruising midterm election campaign.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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