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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:

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Democratic Super PAC Targets Michigan, Arkansas Senate Races

March 28, 2014

Senate Majority PAC, a outside group committed to electing Democrats to the Senate, released two new ads on Friday targeting races in Arkansas and Michigan. The spots are part of a multi-state campaign to counter massive advertisement spending from Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Mike Rogers of Michigan to Retire (Updated)

March 28, 2014

Updated 7:31 a.m. | Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday he will retire at the end of the year.

In Lone Star State, High Hopes for Rising Democrats

March 27, 2014

After Gov. Ann Richards’ failed re-election bid in 1994, Texas Democrats attempted to build well-financed statewide campaigns around candidates with star power — and all came up short.

Texas Delegation Rallies to Get Ralph Hall One Final Term

March 26, 2014

Rep. Ralph M. Hall is in a Texas-sized heap of political trouble — and it’s mostly of the 90-year-old Republican’s own doing.

Gay Republican Candidate 'Comfortable' in GOP (Video)

March 26, 2014

The candidate: Richard Tisei, a real estate broker, former state Senate minority leader and the 2012 GOP nominee in this district.The member: Nine-term Democratic Rep. John F. Tierney, who defeated Tisei in 2012 by about 1 point. Tierney racked up double-digit victories over the past decade or so, but ethical questions (a case since closed by the House Ethics Committee) plunged him into political vulnerability.The district: Massachusetts’ 6th stretches from the northern Boston suburbs along the coast to the New Hampshire border and reaches west to include Bedford and the outskirts of Lowell.The candidate’s team: David Paleologus of Dapa Research (polling), Todd Harris and Heath Thompson of Something Else Strategies (media), Gridiron Communications (direct mail), Nathan Wurtzel (fundraising) and Ryan Gough (campaign manager).

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