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Abby Livingston


Abby Livingston covered 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.

She no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Abby Livingston:

U.S. Chamber Endorses Kerry Bentivolio's GOP Challenger

May 14, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed attorney David Trott in his Republican primary challenge to freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan’s 11th District.

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat

May 13, 2014

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the race to replace seven-term Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

John Conyers Does Not Qualify for Primary Ballot

May 13, 2014

Updated 6:14 p.m. | Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. failed to qualify for the Michigan 13th District primary ballot, a local county clerk ruled Tuesday.

Nebraska Primary, West Virginia Primary: A Fight Night Preview

May 13, 2014

Updated, 11 p.m. | Tea party-versus-the establishment is the theme Tuesday night as voters head to the polls in two of the hottest GOP primaries of the year: open-seat contests for party nods in Nebraska Senate and West Virginia’s 2nd District.

Democrat Withdraws From Competitive Florida House Race

May 13, 2014

The candidate aiming to oust Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., withdrew from the race Tuesday, leaving Democrats without a challenger.

Tea Party Candidate Hammers Boehner Ally on 'Amnesty'

May 12, 2014

Two weeks from the primary, the tea party rival to Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson is up with a new TV ad accusing the eight-term incumbent of supporting “amnesty.”

Foreclosure Attorney Burnishes Image in New Ad

May 12, 2014

Michigan Republican David Trott’s new TV ad seeks to neutralize a forthcoming attack in his primary challenge to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — Trott’s background as a foreclosure attorney.

Meet the NRCC's New Young Guns

May 12, 2014

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden on Monday unveiled the first round of House GOP candidates elevated to “Young Gun” status.

Capito Leaves Vacuum in Race to Replace Her

May 12, 2014

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is a safe bet to win the Republican Senate nomination Tuesday in West Virginia, but what happens to her 2nd District seat is far more unsettled.

Campaign Spot-Light: The Only Job Worse Than Being an Incumbent, Cheap Dads and Alligator Wrestling (Video)

May 9, 2014

Welcome to the second edition of Roll Call’s feature that highlights the most interesting political ads of the week.

Campaign Spot-Light: Cheap Dads, The Only Job Worse Than Being an Incumbent

May 8, 2014

Welcome to Roll Call's new feature that highlights the most interesting political ads of the week.

This week, we focus on a handful of Republican candidates making the case for their fiscal conservatism through their children, and incumbents and friendly super PACs who are betting that charging a tea party insurgent as a "trial lawyer" is a more lethal than being "Washington insider."

Vulnerable Democrats Vote for Benghazi Committee

May 8, 2014

Six House Democrats facing competitive challenges in November voted Thursday evening in favor of creating a special committee to re-investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

House Democratic Women to Headline Rangel Fundraiser

May 8, 2014

A little more than a month out from New York’s primaries, three female House Democrats are hosting a New York City fundraiser on behalf of Rep. Charles B. Rangel, who is again facing a stiff intraparty challenge.

Democrats Jockeying to Run DCCC in 2016

May 8, 2014

The hours are punishing, the travel is relentless and sometimes — no matter how politically shrewd or hardworking a person is — he or she can completely fail on the national stage by nearly no fault of their own.

91-Year-Old Congressman's Birthday Gift? A New Ad From His Challenger

May 7, 2014

Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe didn’t overlook that his GOP primary rival, Rep. Ralph M. Hall of Texas, had a birthday last week.

Candidate's Wife Stars in New TV Ad in Montana Race

May 6, 2014

Former Montana Senate Minority Leader Corey Stapleton went on the air with a new advertisement that follows a recent trend in campaign television spots: Having a family member make the case.

The 10 Most Vulnerable Members of the Midterm Cycle

May 6, 2014

Primary season has just begun in earnest, but it’s already clear it will take a toll on this Congress.

Daring Young Congressman Hosts Trapeze School Fundraiser

May 6, 2014

There are plenty of inspired fundraisers out there, but Illinois Rep. Bill Foster may have the most unique event of the cycle.

'Superman' Dean Cain Mulls Run for Congress

May 5, 2014

Actor Dean Cain, best known for playing Superman on TV, is seriously considering a run for Congress — someday.

So, Nancy Pelosi's Tattoo Parlor Trip Makes More Sense Now

May 5, 2014

About a week ago, the Hungry Lobbyist Twitter account posed a truly baffling question:

House Democrats Boost David Jolly Challenger

May 5, 2014

With a recruit now on board, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Florida’s 13th District to its Red to Blue program, with an “Emerging Races” designation.

WHCD Video of Joe Biden Goes Viral Overnight

May 4, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, but he was the star anyway.

John Conyers' Ballot Slot in Peril

May 2, 2014

The counsel to Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., insisted Friday afternoon that the 25-term incumbent will qualify for the primary ballot in August, despite a Wayne County clerk’s statement to a local news outlet that the congressman did not have enough signatures.

Campaign Spot-Light: Nancy Pelosi Returns to TV In a GOP Primary

May 2, 2014

Welcome to Roll Call’s new feature to highlight the most interesting campaign ads every week.

Democrats Field Recruit Against Jolly ... Sort Of (Updated)

May 2, 2014

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Democrats have landed a last-minute recruit, Col. Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, to challenge Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., this fall.

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