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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Montana House Hopeful Hits Capitol Hill | #MTAL

Sept. 24, 2013

Montana state Sen. Jon Sonju was on Capitol Hill last week meeting with GOP-aligned groups ahead of a potential House bid in 2014.

Poll: Booker Up 12 in New Jersey Senate Special | #NJSEN

Sept. 24, 2013

In its first survey of likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s lead in next month’s New Jersey Senate special election down to 12 points.

Begich Challenger Hopes to Carry On Ted Stevens Legacy (Video)

Sept. 24, 2013

The candidate: Republican Mead Treadwell, lieutenant governor of AlaskaThe member: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who is up for his first re-electionThe state: In 2008, Begich became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alaska since 1974. Four years later, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential nominee to break the 40 percent mark there in four decades.The candidate’s team: Eddie Mahe and Ladonna Lee (general consultants), Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group (polling), Burke Wood (media).

Lindsey Graham Challenger Dismisses Financial Disadvantage (Video)

Sept. 23, 2013

The candidate: Republican Lee Bright, a South Carolina state senatorThe member: Bright is challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary.The state: This is one of two Senate races in South Carolina next year. Appointed Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, is running unopposed in the special election to fill out the remaining term of Jim DeMint. Both races are rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.The candidate’s team: Chris Sullivan (general consultant)

Super PAC Ad Ties McConnell Opponent to Harry Reid | #KYSEN

Sept. 20, 2013

A Kentucky super PAC is hitting the radio Friday to tie Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s likely general election opponent to the leading Democrat in the Senate.

DSCC Tops Debt-Free NRSC in August Fundraising (Updated)

Sept. 19, 2013

Updated 9:10 a.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee topped its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, the seventh time in eight months the majority party has done so.

McConnell's Kentucky Coal Politics Play Out on Senate Floor | #KYSEN

Sept. 19, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to push his Saving Coal Jobs Act toward passage, providing a quick case study in how the minority leader leverages his office to promote his home state during his re-election.

Recalls Haven't Changed Colorado Senate Picture — Yet

Sept. 18, 2013

Last week’s legislative recalls in Colorado, which boosted the spirits of Republicans across the state, are unlikely to alter the competitiveness of next year’s Senate race.

Is the 2014 Senate Race Recruitment Season Over?

Sept. 16, 2013

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s anticipated entrance into an open-seat Senate race on Tuesday will bring the recruitment phase of next year’s competitive Senate landscape closer to its conclusion.

McConnell Touts Obamacare Opposition in Fundraising Appeal | #KYSEN

Sept. 13, 2013

With the subject line “I’m Still Fighting Against Obamacare,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out his record of working against President Barack Obama’s health care law in a lengthy fundraising appeal to supporters Thursday night.

Alaska GOP Primary Set to Expand #AKSEN

Sept. 12, 2013

Sullivan consultant Art Hackney said Sullivan would file for the race no later than Sept. 24, the date Sullivan’s resignation becomes effective. He will join Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller in a competitive nomination battle to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Syria Radio Ad Aired by GOP Georgia Senate Candidate | #GASEN

Sept. 12, 2013

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel launched a radio spot Thursday contrasting her position on intervention in Syria with that of Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee.

Conservative Preacher Joins North Carolina Senate Primary | #NCSEN

Sept. 12, 2013

The Rev. Mark Harris told a meeting of more than 200 supporters in North Carolina Thursday that he will formally launch a Senate campaign on Oct. 2, according to his consultant Tom Perdue.

The Open-Seat Senate Race No One's Talking About

Sept. 11, 2013

The open Senate seat that no one is talking about could get a little more interesting this month.

The Cheap Seats: Senate Majority Determined in Inexpensive States

Sept. 11, 2013

Getting an ad on the air in a competitive Senate race next year may not break the bank, but that won’t change the unruly amount of money that will be spent.

Poll: Booker Up 35 With a Month to Go | #NJSEN

Sept. 11, 2013

With a month to go in New Jersey’s Senate special election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has pulled out to a 35-point lead, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.

McConnell Primary Challenger Vows 'Expensive Race' (Video)

Sept. 10, 2013

The candidate: Businessman Matt Bevin, a RepublicanThe member: Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.The state: Kentucky hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992 or for president since 1996, but McConnell is the top target of national Democrats in 2014. The general election is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.The candidate’s team: Cold Spark Media is doing media and general consulting.

Democrats Hope Lt. Gov. Seeks Montana Senate Seat

Sept. 9, 2013

With a string of declinations from potential candidates, Democrats continue to hunt for a strong recruit for the open Senate seat in Montana — potentially a top-tier race.

TV Ad Targets McConnell on Obamacare Defunding | #KYSEN (Video)

Sept. 5, 2013

The Senate Conservatives Fund is upping its ante against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by launching a TV attack ad statewide.

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