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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions. In this edition, we talked with reporter Kyle Trygstad. He’s one of the stars of Team Politics, covering the Senate campaign landscape and the West. Make sure to read his most recent front-page story about Hawaii’s potentially competitive Senate primary.

The Q&A happened on April 14.

Follow him: @kyletrygstad

Since it was on Twitter, of course, his answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.



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Roll Call’s @ prepares to take your questions in 3, 2, 1 …



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Welcome to our 12th Twitter Q&A. Today’s is w/ Politics Reporter @. Been just under 1 year/covers House & Senate races in West



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Thanks for all your questions! Let’s get started, you can still send them to @ as we go.



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Q1! Kyle, you just returned from Patty Murray’s DSCC briefing this morning. What was your takeaway about her outlook on the tough landscape?



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A: Very optimistic given tough odds. Excited about Berkley running in NV & open seats in NM, CT. Even TX, AZ on target list ^@



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Q2! You cover MT Senate race. Jon Tester just released Q1 fundraising: $1.16M raised. What’s status of this race?



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A: We rate it a Tossup. A top race of cycle. Rehberg’s been elected statewide 6 times. Key: 30% of MT voters are indys ^@



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Q3! RT @: .@ Who has the better chance of being re-elected to the Senate — Jon Tester or Orrin Hatch?



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.@ Orrin Hatch. He seems unwilling to be surprised @ the convention ala Bennett/2010. He’s laying groundwork. ^@



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Q4! RT @: .@ @ Best VCU alumni band GWAR or Lamb of God?



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.@ Easy – GWAR. it’s the costumes. Go Rams! ^@



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Q5! MT @ Just how bad is political battle going to be this summer. Debt ceiling, next budget battle..what are chances of shutdown?



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.@ I don’t think we should expect battle to die down in summer ’09 any indication. Next election just around corner. ^@



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Q6! RT @: @ @ Q: Should Mitt Romney be worried? (re: The Donald)



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.@ No. (read @: ) Not a serious prez candidate @ this point as Romney builds real team ^@



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Last Q from newsroom. You lead team coverage on this overall story. Your prediction for incumbent most likely to lose?



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A: For GOP it’s Dick Lugar. For Dems, it’s Claire McCaskill. It’s still so early but they both are at risk. ^@



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Thanks so much to @ for doing Q&A on a busy day. Make sure to him for all your political news.

Read our previous Twitter Q&A transcripts with Steven T. Dennis here, Jennifer Bendery here, Steve Peoples here, John Stanton here, Stu Rothenberg here, Paul Singer here, the talented photo department (Tom Williams, Bill Clark, Doug Graham and Andrew Satter) here, Ambreen Ali here, Kate Ackley here, Lauren Whittington here and Daniel Newhauser here.

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