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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Candidate Interview: Richard Tisei (R) MA-06

March 25, 2014

The former state Senate minority leader who is challenging Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., visited Roll Call on Tuesday, March 11.

Nancy Pelosi's Epic Photobomb

March 25, 2014

Usually it is reporters who inadvertently appear in photos of members of Congress.

Conservative Groups Rally Behind Ralph Hall Challenger in Texas (Updated)

March 25, 2014

Updated 10:20 a.m. | The Club for Growth and the Madison Project, two conservative groups, announced Tuesday endorsements of attorney John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who pushed Rep. Ralph M. Hall into a May 27 primary runoff.

Democratic National Committee Promotes 4 Women

March 24, 2014

Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey announced four internal promotions on Monday.

How to Tell Voters Their Congressman Is Old

March 21, 2014

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, is really old.

New Jersey Republican Machine Unites Against Steve Lonegan (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 4:37 p.m. | New Jersey Republicans avoided a nightmare scenario Wednesday night in the highly competitive, open-seat race for the 3rd District.

House Democrats Outraise Republicans in February (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 4:01 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.3 million more than its GOP counterpart in February, according to committee aides.

Raul Grijalva Endorses Ruben Gallego in Arizona Open-Seat Race

March 19, 2014

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., endorsed state Rep. Ruben Gallego on Wednesday for the open-seat race in Arizona’s 7th District.

Democratic Candidate Wants Pelosi Out as Leader (Video)

March 18, 2014

The candidate: Nick Casey, an attorney and former West Virginia Democratic Party chairmanThe member: Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is vacating the seat to run for Senate.The district: West Virginia’s 2nd stretches from Charleston in the west to the Washington, D.C. exurbs. After a close 2000 race when first elected to Congress, Capito repeatedly racked up solid re-election margins over the last 10 years. Still, the Republican field is crowded and disorganized, and the district could be competitive.The candidate’s team: Jef Pollock of Global Strategy Group (polling), Karl Struble of Struble Eichenbaum Communications (media), Ed Peavy of Mission Control (direct mail), Jeremy Gold (fundraising) and Derek Scarbro (campaign manager).

Shane Osborn Up With First Nebraska Senate TV Ad

March 17, 2014

Former Nebraska Treasurer Shane Osborn, who is running in a competitive GOP Senate primary, launched his first TV ad Monday.

Candidate Interview: Nick Casey (D) WV-02

March 17, 2014

The former West Virginia Democratic Chairman who is running for the open House seat in West Virginia's 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Ralph Hall Challenger Commits to Term Limits

March 14, 2014

The Republican primary challenger to longtime Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall says 4th District voters should not expect a Hall-length tenure from him if elected.

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