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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.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

Republican Field for Radel's Seat Expected to Grow (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 27, 2014

An already brewing and nasty battle to oust an embattled Florida Republican escalated Monday when Rep. Trey Radel announced his resignation from Congress.

Trey Radel Submits Letter of Resignation (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2014

Updated 11:32 a.m. | First-term Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., will resign from Congress at 6:30 p.m., according to his letter of resignation sent Monday to Speaker John. A. Boehner of Ohio.

Tea Party Group Endorses Candidate in West Virginia

Jan. 27, 2014

The Madison Project PAC, a national group aligned with the tea party, announced Monday it endorsed former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney for West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Connie Mack, Florida Republicans React to Radel Resignation (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2014

Updated 1:55 p.m. | Rep. Trey Radel’s former rivals and potential successors in Florida’s 19th District reacted Monday to his resignation from Congress.

Loskarn Found Dead After Apparent Suicide, Sheriff’s Office Says

Jan. 24, 2014

Former Senate staffer Jesse Ryan Loskarn was found dead Thursday in Sykesville, Md., in an apparent suicide, according to the local sheriff’s office.

Loskarn, the former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was residing with his parents after being released into their custody following an arrest on child pornography charges. The deadline to bring an indictment against Loskarn, originally scheduled for this month, was delayed until Feb. 10.

The sheriff’s office said the case remains under investigation. A source who knew Loskarn said a family friend had been reaching out with the news. News of the apparent suicide was first reported by Politico.

Congressional Hopefuls Wait for Beaver State Dam to Break

Jan. 22, 2014

If the Beaver State’s political dam ever bursts, operatives say an abundance of backed-up congressional hopefuls will try to come to Capitol Hill.

In Radel District, Florida Republicans Demand Super PAC Remove Ad

Jan. 22, 2014

The Republican Party of Florida has demanded a local television affiliate cease airing a spot from a GOP super PAC, according to a letter obtained by CQ Roll Call.

House GOP Reserves $725,000 in TV Time for Florida Special

Jan. 21, 2014

Updated 12:02 p.m. | The ad war in Florida’s 13th District special election has officially begun.

DCCC Hires New National Spokesman

Jan. 20, 2014

Josh Schwerin recently returned to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as national press secretary, after a serving as a spokesman on now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s successful Virginia campaign.

Lankford Seeks Senate as Cole Declines in Oklahoma

Jan. 19, 2014

Updated 9:57 p.m. | Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., intends to run for GOP Sen. Tom Coburn’s seat and could make a formal announcement as early as Monday, according to NewsOK.

DCCC Slams Jolly's Lobbyist Past in Major TV Buy

Jan. 17, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will soon begin a six-figure television advertising campaign in Florida’s 13th District, its first foray onto the airwaves in the competitive special election.

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Slams Democrat on Coal

Jan. 16, 2014

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super PAC backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has hit the radio airwaves with an ad that slams his Democratic rival over the issue of coal.

NRCC Spends Almost $100,000 in Florida Special Election

Jan. 16, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $93,500 this week against Democrat Alex Sink in Florida’s 13th District special election, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed Thursday.

Republicans Sound Alarm for Outside Groups in Florida Special

Jan. 15, 2014

Fewer than two hours after lobbyist David Jolly won the GOP nomination in Florida’s 13th District, word leaked that his campaign had bought a modest $50,000 in airtime for the special election.

Club for Growth Makes Big Ad Buy to Boost Amash

Jan. 15, 2014

The Club for Growth has sponsored a major television and radio ad buy to boost Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who faces a primary challenge in the 3rd District.

Party's Over for Jim Moran

Jan. 15, 2014

Democratic Rep. James P. Moran is not just through with Congress. He’s done with fundraising, it seems.

David Jolly Wins GOP Special-Election Primary

Jan. 14, 2014

Lobbyist David Jolly has defeated two GOP rivals to win his party’s nomination in the race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District. His victory officially kicks off a high-stakes contest in one of Democrats’ top pickup opportunities of the cycle.

Tenth Democrat Announces Retirement from Congress

Jan. 14, 2014

Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress after just two full terms.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District this November,” he wrote in a news release. “It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region.”

Bill Owens to Retire From Congress (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 14, 2014

Updated 2:31 PM | Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress after just two full terms.

GOP Firm Picks Up Another NRCC Staffer

Jan. 13, 2014

National Republican Congressional Committee operative Kayla Sulzer is headed to the polling division of GOP consulting firm OnMessage Inc.

Jolly Is Frontrunner in Florida's Special Election Primary

Jan. 13, 2014

Republicans will pick a nominee Tuesday for the special election for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s Florida seat.

New Jersey Republicans Wrestle With Steve Lonegan

Jan. 12, 2014

The open-seat race to replace retiring Rep. Jon Runyan, R-N.J., might sound familiar: A tea party firebrand threatens to upend a GOP primary, meanwhile Democrats cleared the field for an all-but-anointed nominee.

Cornyn Goes Up With New TV Ad

Jan. 10, 2014

Judging by his second ad, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas is running against President Barack Obama instead of his primary challenger, Rep. Steve Stockman.

Portman Can Run for Re-Election and VP in 2016, Per Election Officials

Jan. 9, 2014

If the 2016 GOP nominee picks Sen. Rob Portman as a running mate, the Buckeye State senator will not have to chose between his Senate seat and a slot on the GOP national ticket.

Report: Ed Gillespie to Challenge Mark Warner

Jan. 9, 2014

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is informing Virginia Republicans that he will challenge first-term Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., in 2014, according to The New York Times.

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