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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:

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.

Iowa GOP Chairman Leaves, Causing More Chaos

March 10, 2014

Iowa Republicans are on the hunt for a new leader after their controversial chairman, A.J. Spiker, stepped down from his position over the weekend.

Bill Shuster Begins Major TV Ad Campaign

March 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster is leaving nothing to chance in his campaign for a seventh full term.

Democrats Roast Ann Richards' Granddaughter, Set Political Bar High

March 7, 2014

Democratic operatives all over town had a ball Friday afternoon ribbing their colleague, Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Lily Adams, after the 27-year-old was declared the future of the Texas Democratic Party on cable news.

A Campaign's Favorite Spokesperson: the Daughter

March 7, 2014

A candidate recently aimed to make a positive impression on voters by starring his female offspring in a TV ad.

Sinema Will Run for Re-Election in Current District

March 6, 2014

Freshman Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will seek re-election in the 9th District of Arizona.

Lessons and Regrets Precede Florida Special Election

March 6, 2014

With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.

Capitol Hill to Face Off Against K Street— on the Ice

March 5, 2014

The boys and girls of winter are set to face off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge in Arlington, Va.

Connie Mack Endorses in Special Election for Radel's Seat

March 4, 2014

Former Rep. Connie Mack endorsed businessman Curt Clawson, a fellow Republican, in the upcoming special election for the seat Mack held until 2012.

John Cornyn Wins GOP Nomination for Senate in Texas

March 4, 2014

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas won the GOP nod outright in his re-election battle, clobbering a congressman and his tea party supporters in the first primary of the midterm elections.

Ralph Hall Heads to Runoff; Sessions, Veasey Defeat Primary Challengers

March 4, 2014

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, will face a late-spring runoff against a self-funded primary challenger.

Texas: What to Watch in the First Primaries of 2014

March 4, 2014

The nation’s first primary election of the 2014 cycle arrives today, and Lone Star State campaigns have braced themselves for low turnout thanks to unusually frigid weather.

Ralph Hall's Jiujitsu Advertising Move

March 4, 2014

On Nov. 27, 2012, Rep. Ralph M. Hall became the oldest person to cast a vote in Congress. Fifteen months later, that milestone is a campaign issue, and Hall is attempting to swing it his way.

NRCC Names Independent Expenditure Director

March 3, 2014

Rich Dunn will serve as independent expenditure director for the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2014 midterms, NRCC Executive Director Liesl Hickey announced Monday.

Potential Rival Urges Kyrsten Sinema to Stay Put

March 3, 2014

A Democrat running for the seat of retiring Arizona Rep. Ed Pastor said Sunday he would not drop his bid in deference to freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow Democrat who may opt to run for the newly opened seat instead of her own.

President Obama Endorses Texas Democrat in Primary Race

Feb. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama endorsed freshman Texas Rep. Marc Veasey in his re-election bid on Friday.

21st House Member Announces Retirement

Feb. 27, 2014

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.

“I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona,” Pastor, 70, said in a statement. “After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else.”

Ed Pastor to Retire in 2014 (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 27, 2014

Updated 2:38 p.m. | Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.

Rangel Primary Challenger To Announce Rematch

Feb. 27, 2014

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is scheduled to announce at noon Thursday that he will once again challenge 22-term Rep. Charles B. Rangel in New York’s 13th District.

Tea Party Group Doubles Down on Colorado Senate Race

Feb. 27, 2014

The Tea Party Express reiterated its endorsement of state Sen. Owen Hill in the wake of a major shake-up in the race for Senate in Colorado.

Ken Buck Drops Senate Bid to Run for Cory Gardner's Seat

Feb. 26, 2014

With Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner vacating his 4th District seat to run for Senate, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is dropping his Senate bid to vie for Gardner’s open seat.

GOP Operatives Fundraise to Oust House Republican

Feb. 26, 2014

A handful of Republican operatives are scheduled to host a fundraiser later this week to boost a challenger to a longtime House Republican.

Debbie Dingell to Announce House Bid

Feb. 26, 2014

Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell is expected to announce her candidacy for Michigan’s 12th District on Friday, according to multiple news outlets.

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