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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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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 Obamas 2014 campaign footprint is expected in some ways to mirror the last presidents second midterm slump heavy on fundraising, light on swing-state campaigning.

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Kentucky Senate

Dec. 31, 2013

There isnt too much to see in Kentucky, really. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnells re-election only features a primary fight for the future of the Republican Party and a well-connected Democrat whos benefiting from an entire partys 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.

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.

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 congressmans former foe could be strong enough to hold off a run on the seat.

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.

The Most Expensive Senate Race of the Cycle So Far

Dec. 15, 2013

About halfway through the midterm election cycle, North Carolina is on pace to host the most expensive Senate race of 2014.

Super PAC Ad Targets Landrieu Challenger in Louisiana

Dec. 12, 2013

Updated 9:31 a.m. | A Democrat-aligned super PAC has booked airtime in Louisiana, where Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., is facing one of the toughest re-election races in the country.

Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Obama on Coal

Dec. 11, 2013

A super PAC backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is again hitting the radio airwaves to tie the Kentucky Republicans opponent to national Democrats.

Landrieu's First TV Ad Highlights Her Obamacare Fix

Dec. 11, 2013

Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu launched the first TV ad of her re-election campaign on Wednesday, highlighting her bill that would allow individual health care plan holders to keep their insurance under Obamacare.

Jane Norton Endorses in Colorado GOP Senate Primary

Dec. 11, 2013

One of the handful of Republicans looking to take on Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has earned the endorsement of Jane Norton, who was heavily favored to win the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.

6 Texas-Sized Primary Hurdles for Steve Stockman

Dec. 10, 2013

Texas Rep. Steve Stockmans last-minute challenge to Sen. John Cornyn sent shock waves through Republican politics Monday night. But the congressmans bid to upset the two-term incumbent has some Texas-sized hurdles to overcome before its competitive let alone successful.

Stockman Files to Challenge Cornyn in Texas Senate Primary

Dec. 9, 2013

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn will face Rep. Steve Stockman in the GOP primary for Senate next year in Texas.

McConnell, NRSC to Help Cochran Fundraise

Dec. 9, 2013

With Sen. Thad Cochrans decision last week to seek re-election, the six-term incumbent must now begin hiring a political team and getting serious about fundraising.

Cochran Faces Toughest Test in 30 Years

Dec. 6, 2013

In one of the last red-state bastions of appreciation for appropriations, Sen. Thad Cochrans decision to seek re-election sets up a unique test for hard-line conservative groups that have targeted incumbents over the past few cycles.

Chamber Launches Second Coal Ad This Week

Dec. 5, 2013

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching its second TV ad this week highlighting a Republican Senate candidates support of the coal industry.

Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina

Dec. 5, 2013

While Democrats up for re-election are facing heat over Obamacare, a Democratic-aligned super PAC launched a TV ad targeting the leading Republican in the North Carolina Senate race on the issue of health care.

A Fight for the GOP Torch in Alaska

Dec. 4, 2013

In a unique twist among most Republican Senate primaries this cycle, the fight for the nomination in Alaska has become a two-headed battle for the establishment mantle.

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