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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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2 New Ads Drop in Florida Special

Jan. 31, 2014

The two House campaign committees released TV ads Friday, each attacking the opposition nominee in the special election race for Florida’s 13th District.

DCCC Outraised NRCC in December

Jan. 31, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than its GOP counterpart in December.

Club for Growth Action Hires Blacklisted Firm

Jan. 31, 2014

The Club for Growth’s political action arm announced Friday that it has added Jamestown Associates, a media firm that the GOP’s House and Senate campaign arms have reportedly blacklisted, to its media production team.

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Raised $37K in Fourth Quarter

Jan. 31, 2014

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., raised $37,000 in the fourth quarter for her comeback bid, according to her Federal Election Commission filing.

House Democrats Raise $5.6 Million in December

Jan. 30, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5.6 million in December, according to fundraising figures shared with CQ Roll Call by a DCCC aide.

Democrat to Challenge Bucshon in Indiana

Jan. 30, 2014

Democrats have finally landed a challenger to Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., who was among the party’s targets in 2012.

Shuster Raises Big Bucks Ahead of Primary Challenge

Jan. 28, 2014

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., raised over a half a million dollars during the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call.

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.

Republican Field for Radel’s Seat Expected to Grow

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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