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Jennifer Duffy

Senior Editor, The Cook Political Report

Jennifer Duffy is a Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report provides analyses of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. The New York Times has called The Cook Political Report, "a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative."

Jennifer has 26 years of experience in campaign politics, the last 23 of which have focused on non-partisan political analysis. In 1985, she served as Press Secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee; she joined The Cook Political Report in 1988 as its first Assistant Editor. While continuing to work as the Report's contributing editor, Jennifer also was a senior account executive with Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide and an associate with the lobbying firm of Cassidy & Associates.

In 1995, Jennifer rejoined Cook & Company full-time. She has served as an off-air analyst for NBC News on Election Nights from 1996 through 2012. Jennifer has been quoted in numerous publications and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." In June of 2011, named her one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country. She is a frequent public speaker on elections and national political trends.

A native of Rhode Island, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Government from Georgetown University in 1985. In May of 2012, Rhode Island College awarded her an honorary Doctorate in Social Science.



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Handicapping a Democratic Takeover

The 2016 Senate cycle is shaping up to be the opposite of 2014, with the map heavily stacked against the GOP.

How Big a Night Will It Be for the GOP?

At this point, a seven-seat gain would seem the most likely outcome for Senate Republicans.

Winning the Senate Has Become a Lot More Difficult

Perhaps the one lesson that most needs to be relearned from one election cycle to the next is the tendency of campaign politics to surprise. This cycle is no exception, especially when it comes to...

Can Republicans Take Over the Senate?

Several factors are working in the GOP’s favor in Senate races.

Cook Political Report Moves Wisconsin Senate Race to Toss Up

Wisconsin has been a political hot spot this year and the retirement of Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl is going to stoke the flames.

Heller the Incumbent

Rep. Dean Heller's appointment to Sen. John Ensign's seat won't make his race for a four-year term any less competitive -- but it's a net plus for him and the GOP.

Nevada Senate: Ensign to Retire; Race Stays in Toss Up

Nine times out of 10, a Senate retirement isn’t welcome news to the incumbent party. The Cook Political Report's Jennifer Duffy explains, why Sen. John Ensign's retirement is that one case in 10...

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