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Abby Livingston


Abby Livingston covered 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.

She no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

Oct. 2, 2014

With a month to go until Election Day, House Republicans are poised to add at least a handful of seats to their majority in the midterms.

Democratic Super PAC Cuts More Ad Time in House Races (Updated)

Oct. 1, 2014

Updated Thursday, 2:03 p.m. | House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aids House Democrats, has recently canceled around $1 million in ad reservations in races throughout the Midwest and Northeast.

How to Approve That Political Message (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

“I approved this message.”

Florida Family Legacies Clash in Critical House Race

Oct. 1, 2014

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. — Former Florida first lady Adele Graham does not entertain the word “if” in polite conversation, at least when discussing the political future of her daughter Gwen. It’s only “when.”

How to Approve That Message …

Sept. 30, 2014

"I'm Candidate X, and I approve this message."

Despite being the bane of political admakers everywhere, campaigns creatively weave messaging around this legal disclaimer.

Roll Call has compiled the best from this year's election cycle, featuring mom and dad, dramatic music and cows.

Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)

Sept. 30, 2014

For months, Republicans feared outside groups would skip over House races this cycle, saving their cash for the battle over Senate control.

Ex-First Lady of Florida Fires Back at Congressman

Sept. 30, 2014

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. — Former Florida First Lady Adele Graham is not happy with her daughter’s political rival, Republican Rep. Steve Southerland II.

GOP Outside Group Targets Tim Bishop on TV

Sept. 30, 2014

A Republican-aligned outside group is airing a TV ad slamming New York Rep. Timothy H. Bishop on his support for the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman or American Idol? (Video)

Sept. 29, 2014

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — John Lennon, Lady Gaga and Bono have all covered Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

Florida Congressman Sings 'Stand by Me'

Sept. 29, 2014

Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., sings Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" on the campaign stump.

Democrats Cut Ad Time in Michigan House Race (Updated)

Sept. 25, 2014

Updated 3:49 p.m. | A Democratic super PAC has cut a television ad reservation for the party’s best offensive opportunity in Michigan, according to two sources who monitor media buys.

Democrats Cut Ad Time in Upstate New York Race

Sept. 23, 2014

House Majority PAC has canceled a large television reservation in a competitive upstate New York district, the super PAC spokesman confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

DCCC Pulls Ad in New Jersey Race

Sept. 23, 2014

Updated 5:36 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is removing a television ad that aired in a southern New Jersey House race — a change caused by incorrect information in the GOP nominee’s personal financial disclosure forms, according to a committee aide.

Democrats Hit Chicago Airwaves for Key House Race

Sept. 23, 2014

Freshman Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., released a new ad Tuesday, attacking his GOP opponent on the Chicago airwaves.

Democrat Hoops It Up in New TV Ad (Video)

Sept. 23, 2014

Freshman Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., released a new television ad Tuesday revisiting a familiar theme in her media campaign: basketball.

GOP Roommates Settle Chores in NRCC Fundraising Bet

Sept. 23, 2014

Splish, splash. It sounds like Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is stuck doing the dishes.

When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV

Sept. 23, 2014

No matter how cluttered the airwaves become this fall with political ads, there are some television shows during which campaign operatives don’t dare air their spots.

The Best TV Shows for Political Advertisements

Sept. 21, 2014

Think of it as must-book TV.

House Democrats Pummel Republicans in August Fundraising

Sept. 20, 2014

The House Democratic political arm far outpaced Republicans in August, just as both parties prepared to unleash their war chests for the midterms.

House Democrats Raise $10.2 Million in August for Midterms

Sept. 18, 2014

House Democrats raised more than $10 million in August, according to figures obtained first by CQ Roll Call from a committee aide.

Meet the Super PAC Woman

Sept. 18, 2014

As the political ad wars rage on television sets from New England to Southern California, Democrats think they have their answer to the Koch brothers and Karl Rove: a mother of three sons from suburban Virginia.

House Democrats, DNC Pledge Millions for Midterms

Sept. 17, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee picked up $1.7 million in member pledges at its quarterly caucus dinner Tuesday night.

Giffords Group Airs Tough Ad Against Martha McSally

Sept. 15, 2014

In one of the toughest ads yet of the cycle, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group is up with a new spot connecting a House candidate’s policies to the actions of a murderous stalker.

Capito Mourns Loss of Mother Shelley Riley Moore

Sept. 13, 2014

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Saturday the death of her mother, former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Riley Moore. She was 88.

How 'Establishment' Republicans Got the House Candidates They Wanted

Sept. 10, 2014

Earlier this year, House Republicans had 12 potential problems that stood in the way of extending their majority.

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