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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:

Florida Special: Meet the Consulting Teams

April 14, 2014

The special-election primary in the race to replace former Rep. Trey Radel is only a week away. The Republican field is crowded — three organized candidates are in the mix — and as a result state and national consultants are involved.

GOP Candidate's Response to Attacks? Silence and Ocean Waves

April 14, 2014

In the final week before a special primary in Florida, businessman Curt Clawson has a message for his opponents: silence.

Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel

April 14, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Republican businessman Curt Clawson in the upcoming special election for a House seat in Florida.

Andrew Romanoff Raised $600,000 in First Quarter

April 9, 2014

Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff raised $600,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and ended March with nearly $2.1 million, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Rahall Challenger Raised $200K in 1st Quarter (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Updated 3:12 p.m. | West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins raised $200,000 in the first quarter for his bid to unseat 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II.

Democrats Lose Recruit for Mike Rogers Seat

April 8, 2014

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who was in town last week meeting with senior House Democrats, announced Tuesday she will not run for Michigan’s open 8th District seat.

Primary Challenger Airs First Ad Against 'Liberal' Boehner Ally

April 8, 2014

Attorney Bryan Smith went on the air with a new television ad calling his primary rival, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a “liberal.”

House Republican Women Endorse in Florida Special Primary

April 8, 2014

The two women leading the effort to support female candidates in Republican primaries endorsed Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto in the special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla.

Multiple Outside Groups Launch Ads in Mississippi Senate Primary (Updated)

April 7, 2014

Updated 3:10 p.m. | Two big-spending outside groups launched TV ads Monday benefiting the Republican primary opponent to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

Eric Cantor Endorses Republican for Waxman Seat

April 7, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., endorsed attorney and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity President Elan Carr on Monday in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.

Consultants Win Pollie Awards, Candidates Staff Up

April 7, 2014

The American Association of Political Consultants met in San Diego over the weekend for its annual conference and “Pollie Awards.”

5 Potential House Losers

April 7, 2014

Primary season is upon the House, and the not-so-graceful losses in Congress could begin as early as next month.

Mike Rogers Endorses Republican to Succeed Him in Michigan

April 7, 2014

Retiring Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has endorsed former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop for the GOP nomination to succeed him in Congress.

Republican Empties TV Budget Into New Special Election Ad in Florida

April 7, 2014

Florida State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto has hit the airwaves with a new ad in the upcoming special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla.

Pelosi, Hoyer Recruit Michigan Candidate

April 4, 2014

The Democratic Party is all-in behind Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, their recruit for the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.

When Politics and Softball Collide ...

April 3, 2014

There is one teensy problem with playing on a bipartisan congressional athletic team: Sometimes politics comes first.

Long Island Republican Airs First TV Ad

April 2, 2014

New York state Sen. Lee Zeldin launched his first TV ad of the 2014 campaign on Wednesday, a positive spot that highlights his legislative and military careers.

Next Utah Races to Watch Are for Senate

April 2, 2014

There is growing evidence that Utah will return in the next two campaign cycles as a site of Senate campaign action, as it was in 2010 and 2012.

Democratic Senate Candidate: McCutcheon 'Worst Ruling Since Dred Scott'

April 2, 2014

Former Capitol Hill staffer Rick Weiland is running for Senate in South Dakota, and he was among the Democrats upset with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on campaign finance.

Columbus, Phoenix Eliminated as 2016 Republican National Convention Cities

April 2, 2014

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday the elimination of Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix as contenders for its 2016 convention.

DCCC Chairman Says "Middle Class" 35 Times in 45-Minute News Conference

April 2, 2014

After a rough couple of months for his caucus, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel has pinned his hopes for the party on the recently released House GOP budget proposal.

Ruben Gallego Raised $160K in First Month of Campaign

April 1, 2014

Arizona state Rep. Ruben Gallego will announce raising $160,000 in his first month of campaigning for the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor.

Two Democrats Interested in Mike Rogers' Seat in Michigan

April 1, 2014

As national Democrats coalesce behind Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in the wide-open race to succeed Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is not ruling out a run.

Primary for Trey Radel's Seat Escalates on TV Airwaves

April 1, 2014

In the special election to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., former state Rep. Paige Kreegel has gone on the airwaves with a campaign ad intended to introduce him to GOP voters ahead of the April 22 primary.

Democrats Facing Political Fallout on Medicare

April 1, 2014

Three words strike fear into the hearts of this cycle’s most endangered House Democrats: Medicare Advantage cuts.

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