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Abby Livingston

Bio:

Abby Livingston covers political campaigns for Roll Call.

She joined the newspaper after a tenure as a producer for CNN’s “John King, USA,” and a writer for CNN's Political Ticker. Prior to CNN, Abby covered the media through the political lens as an editor at the Hotline.

Abby started her journalism career as a desk assistant in the NBC News Washington bureau. She worked her way up to the Political Unit, where she researched stories for "Nightly News" and the "Today Show." She also wrote for NBC's "First Read."

A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." She loves Springsteen and the Longhorns, and is also a member of The Bad News Babes, the women's press softball that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women's Softball game.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

Republicans Make Massive TV Reservation For Mike Coffman's... Wife

July 30, 2014

A Republican group reserved $2.6 million in Denver television time for a House incumbent’s wife who is running for Colorado Attorney General.

Seersucker Thursday: Ladies' Fashion Do's and Don'ts

July 30, 2014

After two years, Seersucker Thursday finally returns to the Senate. Back in June, when the House side hosted its own seersucker celebration, HOH ran an item Seersucker Day: Trent Lott’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts.

Greg Walden to Seek Second Term Running NRCC (Updated)

July 29, 2014

Updated 3:54 p.m. | National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced Tuesday he will seek a second term running the House GOP’s campaign arm.

Congressman Says Gwen Graham's Dad 'Not on the Ballot'

July 29, 2014

Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., said he isn’t buying the hype around his opponent, attorney Gwen Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former senator and governor.

Trent Lott: Happiest Man Alive Over Return of Senate Seersucker Day

July 29, 2014

Ex-Sen. Trent Lott’s dog days are over.

Exclusive: NRCC Chairman Predicts Wave Election for Republicans

July 27, 2014

One hundred days from Nov. 4, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said he expects House Republicans will ride a political wave in November.

Tea Party Circles the Wagons Around Justin Amash

July 25, 2014

No House Republican enrages the business-friendly wing of the GOP more than Justin Amash. But members and operatives who hoped to end his political career are running out of time and moxie before Michigan’s Aug. 5 primary.

Ron Barber Airs First TV Ad (Video)

July 22, 2014

Arizona Rep. Ron Barber is up with his first TV ad for one of the most competitive races in the country.

DCCC Adds Congressman to Endangered Incumbent Program

July 18, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee moved Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota to its Frontline program — a reflection of growing concern over his re-election prospects.

Republicans Bet Housework Over NRCC Dues Collection

July 18, 2014

Four House Republicans — who are also roommates — aren’t messing around with collecting dues for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

U.S. Chamber Backs Justin Amash Primary Opponent

July 17, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s primary challenger in Michigan’s 3rd District.

House Democrats Bank on Fundraising in 2014

July 16, 2014

House Democrats don’t have much in their favor in the upcoming elections — except their bank accounts.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Alex Mooney

July 15, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican Alex Mooney on Tuesday in his competitive bid to replace GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Roll Call After Dark Documentary of the Week: 'Getting Back to Abnormal'

July 14, 2014

A new political documentary, “Getting Back to Abnormal” debuts this week on PBS and examines New Orleans politics in the post-Katrina era.

NRCC Tasks Members With Collecting Conference Dues

July 14, 2014

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced the names of his top lieutenants in the push for member dues ahead of the fall midterms, according to an internal conference email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

July 11, 2014

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida’s congressional map unconstitutional.

Illinois Democrat Announces in $482,000 in Campaign Fundraising

July 10, 2014

Freshman Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., raised $482,000 in the second quarter of this year, according to her campaign.

Former Congresswoman Loans $500,000 to Her Comeback Campaign

July 10, 2014

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., has injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into her campaign to defeat freshman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label

July 10, 2014

RIPLEY, W.Va. — At the local Fourth of July parade, Alex Mooney proudly showed off his West Virginia concealed gun permit. The Republican’s campaign colors are blue and gold — echoing the Mountain State’s flagship public college, West Virginia University. In a gold polo shirt, Mooney pointed to his son sporting a WVU baseball cap, standing near the campaign’s pickup truck stuffed with gold balloons.

Super PAC Makes $7.3 Million in TV Reservations for Midterms

July 9, 2014

House Majority PAC announced Thursday it had placed a third round of television advertisement reservations worth $7.3 million.

Martha McSally Places Fall TV Reservation for Top Race

July 9, 2014

The fall air wars are amping up in a top House race in Arizona.

Shelley Moore Capito Campaigns Amid Father's Complicated Legacy

July 9, 2014

RIPLEY, W.Va.— In Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s bid for Senate, Republicans and Democrats frequently cite one major political asset: Her middle name.

'Nicky Joe' Bets Political Survival on His Local Brand

July 9, 2014

LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Freedom Festival offered choices for Confederate flag accessories: jewelry, belts, pins and oven mitts. A couple blocks away, in the shadow of a “Hillbilly Mobile Zipline” platform, a Tennessee-based vendor called for a treason trial and eventual public execution of President Barack Obama.

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West Virginia

July 7, 2014

RIPLEY, W.Va. — The country’s “largest small town Independence Day parade” had all the expected: beauty queens, sun-drenched crowds and political glad-handling.

Republicans Circulate List of Top Female House Candidates

July 1, 2014

The end of primary season is nigh, and Republicans are now optimistic their slate of House candidates will yield a net gain of female members in the conference after November.

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