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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:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

EMILY's List Endorses Debbie Dingell

March 14, 2014

EMILY’S List has endorsed Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell of Michigan to replace her husband in Congress.

Young N.H. Republican Sees No Reason to Wait on House Bid (Video)

March 13, 2014

The candidate: State Rep. Marilinda Garcia.The member: Garcia is running against former state Sen. Gary Lambert for the Republican nomination to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.The district: Of New Hampshire’s two districts, the 2nd is more favorable to Democrats, as President Barack Obama won it in 2012 with 54 percent. The race is rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Republicans Fundraise for Gay House Candidates

March 13, 2014

Some Republican House members, pundits and activists raised money this week for two openly gay House candidates running in competitive districts.

Third California Democrat Endorses Wendy Greuel

March 13, 2014

Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff is now the third member of California’s Democratic House delegation to endorse former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel in the race for the state’s open 33rd District seat, according to a release shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Ambitious Texas Republicans Had Better Get Organized for Expensive Federal Races

March 12, 2014

On the surface, the recent Texas Republican primaries were a race to the right on nearly every issue. But the underlying strength of every successful federal Republican campaign on March 4 was the ability to run an organized campaign.

Celebrities Running Out of Time to File for Congress

March 11, 2014

The clock is ticking for any celebrity considering a run for the open-seat race to represent Beverly Hills in Congress.

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses House Candidates

March 11, 2014

Senate Conservatives Fund — an organization that has traditionally supported conservative Senate hopefuls — has backed five House candidates.

Candidate Interview: Marilinda Garcia (R) NH-02

March 11, 2014

The state representative who is challenging Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., for New Hampshire's 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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