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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:

Candidate Interview: Mia Love (R) UT-04

June 9, 2014

The former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, who is running for the open seat in Utah's 4th District, visited Roll Call on June 5.

Ruben Gallego Seeks Arizona's 7th District (Video Interview)

June 9, 2014

State Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat, said he’s unsure how much money he’ll need to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., in the 7th District, according to an interview with CQ Roll Call.

Steve Israel: The F. Scott Fitzgerald of Congress?

June 9, 2014

The hat rack of Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is quite full these days.

Candidate Interview: Ruben Gallego (D) AZ-07

June 6, 2014

The former assistant minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives, who is running for the open seat in Arizona's 7th District, visited Roll Call on March 4.

DCCC Promotes Nine Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program for 2014

June 6, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday its latest round of candidates in “Red to Blue,” a program that targets open-seat races and districts held by Republicans.

Cory Gardner Makes Major TV Buy in Colorado Senate Race

June 5, 2014

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., will go on the airwaves starting Tuesday, with a major television buy for his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

Primary Results: New Jersey, Alabama House Races

June 3, 2014

Updated 11:18 p.m. | Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur won the GOP nomination to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Jon Runyan in New Jersey, relieving Republicans of a candidate who could have lost the seat for them this fall.

Former Clinton Operative Dies in Texas Car Crash

June 3, 2014

Grace Garcia, a former longtime Clinton operative, died Monday in a car accident in Waxahachie, Texas, according to a release from Annie’s List, where she served as executive director.

Democratic Poll: Lee Terry in Dead Heat

June 3, 2014

A new Democratic internal poll showed Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., could face a difficult fight for re-election in 2014.

GOP Group Boosts House Candidate in New York Primary

June 2, 2014

American Action Network, a GOP-backed, center-right outside player in campaigns, has debuted a new advertisement in a New York House race, backed by a six-figure buy.

Republicans Likely to Avert Disaster in New Jersey

May 30, 2014

New Jersey Republicans are on track to get their preferred nominee through the primary in the state’s most competitive House race, thanks to the local political machine and a deep-pocketed candidate.

Michigan Officials Won't Appeal John Conyers Ballot Slot

May 30, 2014

The state of Michigan will not challenge a federal judge’s order to put Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. on the primary ballot.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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