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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:

Lee Terry's Seat Gives Republicans Heartburn in Nebraska

May 29, 2014

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., could be in a heap of political trouble this year — again.

First Incumbent Could Lose in Tuesday's Texas Runoff (Video)

May 27, 2014

Most of the political excitement in the Lone Star State is expected to take place in state races. Even though tea-party-aligned candidates hit recent road blocks in GOP primaries in federal races, anti-establishment conservative candidates are expected to dominate state-level politics Tuesday evening in Texas.

Mitt Romney Endorses Ex-Staffer's House Bid

May 27, 2014

Mitt Romney has endorsed former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik’s bid for an open House seat less than a month before her competitive primary.

Judge Orders Conyers on Primary Ballot (Updated)

May 23, 2014

Updated 4:47 p.m. | A federal judge has ruled that 25-term Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. shall appear on his party’s Aug. 5 primary ballot.

Campaign Spot-Light: Age Resurfaces in Primary Ads

May 23, 2014

This is Roll Call’s weekly installment of the most interesting individual spots or trends we noticed in Senate and House political advertising.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Mr. Spock Pick Sides in Beverly Hills House Race

May 23, 2014

The old slogan for MGM during the 1940s was that the studio had “more stars than there are in the heavens.”

What Amounts to Victory in November for House Democrats Still Unclear

May 22, 2014

New York Rep. Steve Israel pushed back Wednesday on House Republicans’ newly revealed ambitious goals for the midterms, but what amounts to victory for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman remains unclear.

CBC Members Rally Behind New Jersey House Candidate

May 21, 2014

Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn and 20 other Democratic members are headlining a fundraiser Wednesday for a candidate running in a competitive primary to succeed retiring Rep. Rush D. Holt, D-N.J.

Simpson Overwhelms Tea Party Rival in Idaho Primary

May 20, 2014

A fierce tea-party-backed primary challenge in Idaho came up short Tuesday, as Republican Rep. Mike Simpson won his party’s nomination and is headed for a ninth term.

DCCC Raised $3 Million More Than NRCC in April

May 20, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $3 million more than its Republican counterpart in April, according to House political operatives.

Democrat Drops Out of Arizona Open-Seat Primary

May 20, 2014

Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo withdrew on Tuesday from the crowded race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor.

Fight Night Preview: Primaries From Georgia to Idaho

May 20, 2014

It’s primary night in six states, with plenty of races to watch in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Kirkpatrick Challenger Apologizes for Linking Democrats With Mass Shooters

May 19, 2014

A Republican challenger to Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick apologized Monday for saying over the weekend that most mass shooters are members of the Democratic Party.

House Democrats Raise $7.1 Million in April

May 19, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $7.1 million in April and ended the month with $43.3 million in cash on hand, according to a committee aide.

Congress Races to Ralph Hall's (Financial) Aid

May 17, 2014

Rarely are Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and John A. Boehner of Ohio publicly on the same side of a GOP primary campaign. But a band of geographically and ideologically diverse Republicans are rallying behind Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who is in danger of becoming the first incumbent defeated in 2014 later this month.

Campaign Spot-Light: Landrieu Shoots Over the Moon

May 16, 2014

Welcome to the third edition of Roll Call’s feature that highlights the most interesting political ads of the week.

Tea Party Candidate Lags in New Jersey Primary Poll

May 15, 2014

The New Jersey Republican-machine-backed candidate in an open-seat primary led a prominent tea party candidate by 11 points in a Monmouth University Poll released Thursday.

U.S. Chamber Endorses Kerry Bentivolio's GOP Challenger

May 14, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed attorney David Trott in his Republican primary challenge to freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan’s 11th District.

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat

May 13, 2014

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the race to replace seven-term Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

John Conyers Does Not Qualify for Primary Ballot

May 13, 2014

Updated 6:14 p.m. | Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. failed to qualify for the Michigan 13th District primary ballot, a local county clerk ruled Tuesday.

Democrat Withdraws From Competitive Florida House Race

May 13, 2014

The candidate aiming to oust Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., withdrew from the race Tuesday, leaving Democrats without a challenger.

Nebraska Primary, West Virginia Primary: A Fight Night Preview

May 13, 2014

Updated, 11 p.m. | Tea party-versus-the establishment is the theme Tuesday night as voters head to the polls in two of the hottest GOP primaries of the year: open-seat contests for party nods in Nebraska Senate and West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Foreclosure Attorney Burnishes Image in New Ad

May 12, 2014

Michigan Republican David Trott’s new TV ad seeks to neutralize a forthcoming attack in his primary challenge to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — Trott’s background as a foreclosure attorney.

Tea Party Candidate Hammers Boehner Ally on 'Amnesty'

May 12, 2014

Two weeks from the primary, the tea party rival to Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is up with a new TV ad accusing the eight-term incumbent of supporting “amnesty.”

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