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Abby Livingston


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 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.

Environmental Group Backs Republican in 2014

June 30, 2014

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, an environmental organization, has thrown its support behind a Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is seeking re-election in 2014.

Obama Headlines Fundraiser for House Democrats

June 27, 2014

President Barack Obama declared Thursday at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that his first two years in office marked the most productive time in Congress since the 1960s.

RNC Narrows 2016 Convention Sites to Cleveland, Dallas (Video)

June 25, 2014

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Dallas and Cleveland are the finalists to host the party’s 2016 national convention.

House Democrats Ante Up for Midterms

June 25, 2014

House Democrats’ pressure on caucus members to pay dues early to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying off, according to the party’s most recent fundraising document.

Charlie Rangel Wins Primary (Video)

June 24, 2014

Updated 4 p.m. | Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., has averted the end of his political career again, securing a 23rd term in Congress after Tuesday’s highly competitive primary.

Colorado Primary Results: Doug Lamborn Survives Scare

June 24, 2014

Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican, barely bested his GOP primary challenger, ret. Air Force Gen. Bentley Rayburn Tuesday evening.

6 Things to Watch in Tuesday's Primaries

June 23, 2014

Mississippi Republicans and New York Democrats face a similar quandary Tuesday: Hold onto an old political hand and his seniority in Congress, or turn the page to a new era?

Members Rally for Charlie Rangel in Tuesday Primary (Video)

June 22, 2014

It’s become cliché to describe Rep. Charles B. Rangel as being “in the fight of his political life.” ‬

Club for Growth Backs New Hampshire House Candidate

June 20, 2014

The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed state Rep. Marilinda Garcia in the GOP primary in New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

Nick Rahall Opponent Airs Positive TV Campaign

June 20, 2014

State Sen. Evan Jenkins, a Republican, debuted a new positive television advertisement Friday that emphasizes the coal industry in his bid to unseat Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va., in the 3rd District.

Elise Stefanik Leads in New York Primary Poll

June 19, 2014

Former White House aide Elise Stefanik is in a strong position to win Tuesday’s GOP primary in an upstate New York district, according to a new poll.

Meet the Women Who Could Change the Softball Game

June 18, 2014

It’s that time of year again.

Congressional Women's Softball Batting Practices Get Wild at New York Times, Huffington Post (Updated) (Video)

June 17, 2014

They ain’t messing around at The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Emily Cain on Playing Softball Ahead of the Congressional Women's Softball Game

June 16, 2014

House candidate Emily Cain discusses her athletic background in the context of the Congressional Women's Softball Game during an April 30 interview with CQ Roll Call.

Amanda Renteria Discusses Playing in the Congressional Women's Softball Game

June 16, 2014

House candidate Amanda Renteria discusses her athletic background in the context of the Congressional Women's Softball Game during a February 27 interview with CQ Roll Call.

Mia Love Talks Softball Ahead of the Congressional Women's Softball Game

June 16, 2014

House candidate Mia Love discusses her athletic background in the context of the Congressional Women's Softball Game during her June 5 interview with CQ Roll Call.

Pre-Primary Reports Filed for Charlie Rangel, Mike Coffman and Many More

June 13, 2014

Fundraising reports filed Thursday by candidates running in the June 24 primaries revealed eleventh hour insight into the financial viability of embattled incumbents and their challengers.

Seersucker Day Returns, Who Wore It Best?

June 12, 2014

Thanks to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss, June 11, 2014 will go down as one of the most chaotic days in the modern history of the United States Capitol.

Steny Hoyer Surpasses $1 Million in DCCC Dues

June 12, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., crossed the $1 million mark in dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday, according to two Democratic leadership sources.

Challenger Goes on TV in Targeted Florida Race

June 12, 2014

Attorney Gwen Graham will begin her television ad campaign next week for her bid to unseat GOP Rep. Steve Southerland II in one of the Sunshine State’s most competitive House races.

Eric Cantor's Polling Firm Takes Heat (Updated)

June 11, 2014

Updated 5:25 p.m. | After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss in Virginia Tuesday night, national GOP operatives are barreling through the five stages of grief: Denial, anger, and now bargaining — looking for answers on his out-of-the-blue political death.

Democrats Mull Competing for Cantor Seat — if He Runs as a Write-In

June 10, 2014

National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House seat in the unlikely case the Virginia Republican runs as a write-in candidate in November.

Seersucker Day: Trent Lott's Fashion Do's and Don'ts

June 10, 2014

Seersucker Day on Capitol Hill is less than 24 hours away, and the concept can be a bit tricky for those not from the Deep South.

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