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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:

A Future NRCC Chairman: Aaron Schock?

April 30, 2014

It’s most likely a few years away, but the next race for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee is already on the minds of many House GOP conference members.

Donna Edwards to Lead DCCC 'Red to Blue' Program

April 30, 2014

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards has been named chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, which assists the party’s top challengers.

Women's Super PAC Plays in West Virginia Primary

April 30, 2014

Two weeks before the primary, a super PAC that backs Republican women has entered a competitive House race in West Virginia.

Gabby Giffords Speech at EMILY's List Dinner: Yoga Helped Recovery

April 29, 2014

Back in 2012, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords addressed an EMILY’s List dinner in a pre-recorded video.

House Republicans Push Members for Dues to Fund 2014 Campaigns

April 29, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee has begun its full-court press on House GOP members to pay their dues to the campaign committee ahead of 2014.

America Rising Expands Staff

April 28, 2014

America Rising, a GOP opposition research firm, unveiled a host of new hires Monday as it expands for the 2014 and 2016 cycles.

America Rising Expands Staff | Shop Talk

April 28, 2014

America Rising, a GOP opposition research firm, unveiled a host of new hires Monday as it expands for the 2014 and 2016 cycles.

Florida Democrat Won't Challenge David Jolly in November

April 28, 2014

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has decided not challenge Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly, the winner of a highly competitive special election last month.

Michigan Republican Places Ad in Race to Replace Dave Camp

April 28, 2014

Michigan Republican Paul Mitchell will go on the air Tuesday with a positive TV ad in his bid to replace retiring GOP Rep. Dave Camp.

House GOP's Effort to Elect More Women Gets Mixed Results

April 28, 2014

For the House GOP’s public efforts to elect more women to their conference, these past few months yielded mixed results.

Mia Love Clinches GOP Nomination for Congress

April 26, 2014

Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love earned ample support from Utah Republicans on Saturday to win her party’s nod for the House — and most likely become the GOP’s first black congresswoman.

GOP Could Be Stuck With Grimm, Despite Expected Indictment

April 25, 2014

Republican Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s expected federal indictment could be a boon for Democrats who had already targeted his seat in New York’s 11th District — and there may not be much Republicans can do about it.

Rahall Picks Up the Pace in a New TV Ad

April 25, 2014

Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II released an ad Friday that harkens back to the Pace picante sauce commercials from the 1990s.

GOP Internal Poll: McSally, Barber Are Deadlocked

April 24, 2014

An internal poll conducted for the campaign of retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally found the Arizona Republican had a slight, within-the-margin-of-error lead over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber.

Super PAC Ties GOP Challenger to Koch Brothers

April 23, 2014

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aims to elect House Democrats, has a new ad tying a GOP challenger in West Virginia to conservative businessmen David and Charles Koch.

Self-Funding Republican Wins Primary in Race to Replace Trey Radel

April 22, 2014

Businessman Curt Clawson won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the Florida special-election race to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., and he is now likely to be the district’s next member of Congress.

Front-runner Emerges in GOP Special Election for Trey Radel Seat

April 22, 2014

Florida Republicans head to the polls for a special election Tuesday to pick a nominee to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel, who exited Congress earlier this year following his arrest for cocaine possession that culminated in a national scandal for Republicans.

Republicans Spend Millions on TV in Primary for Trey Radel Seat

April 21, 2014

Republicans have spent millions ahead of Tuesday’s special primary to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla. — and the 19th District television airwaves show it.

House Democrats Raise More Money Than GOP in March

April 20, 2014

The House Democrats’ political arm raised about $400,000 more than its GOP counterpart in March — although both committees posted strong fundraising last month.

Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

April 18, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel.

Where Is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

April 18, 2014

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall.

Republican Hits Vulnerable West Virginia Democrat in First TV Spot

April 17, 2014

Updated 5:48 p.m. | State Sen. Evan Jenkins, a Republican challenging Rep. Nick J. Rahall II in West Virginia, is up with his first ad — an attack on Democrats’ attack on Jenkins.

House Democrats Bank Over $10 Million in March

April 16, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million in March, according to a committee aide.

Bentivolio's Republican Rival Goes On the Air

April 16, 2014

The Republican challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., is on the air with a positive spot and is putting big money behind it.

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

April 16, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

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