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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:

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 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.

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 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.

Democrats Lose Top Recruit in Florida House Race

April 15, 2014

Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee in a recent high-stakes special election in Florida, will not challenge GOP Rep. David Jolly to a rematch in the 13th District this November.

Florida Special: Meet the Consulting Teams

April 14, 2014

The special-election primary in the race to replace former Rep. Trey Radel is only a week away. The Republican field is crowded — three organized candidates are in the mix — and as a result state and national consultants are involved.

Rand Paul Endorses in Race to Replace Trey Radel

April 14, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Republican businessman Curt Clawson in the upcoming special election for a House seat in Florida.

GOP Candidate's Response to Attacks? Silence and Ocean Waves

April 14, 2014

In the final week before a special primary in Florida, businessman Curt Clawson has a message for his opponents: silence.

Andrew Romanoff Raised $600,000 in First Quarter

April 9, 2014

Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff raised $600,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and ended March with nearly $2.1 million, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Rahall Challenger Raised $200K in 1st Quarter (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Updated 3:12 p.m. | West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins raised $200,000 in the first quarter for his bid to unseat 19-term Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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