Jennifer Duffy

Former Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report

Jennifer Duffy
  • Named one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country by Business Insider
  • Over 30 years experience in campaign politics focused on non-partisan political analysis
  • Offers a national or state political outlook, highlighting key voter trends and the issues driving elections

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Jennifer Duffy is the former senior editor for the Cook Political Report, where she was responsible for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. Named one of the 13 savviest political analysts in the country by Business Insider, she is known for her unbiased analysis of national campaign issues.

In speeches, Duffy offers audiences unique insight into the current political environment, national and state political trends, and upcoming elections, forecasting the states to watch and the likely results. She also addresses the key voter trends and demographics, the issues that drive elections, the state of the political parties, and the political health of Congress and the President. She is one of the few experts on Governors’ races. Incorporating up-to-date examples from the past week of news and fascinating facts in each presentation, Duffy shares the caliber of political insights found at the Cook Political Report, one of Washington’s most trusted source of all political news.

Political Expertise. Duffy has over 30 years of experience in campaign politics, with a majority of these years 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, Duffy 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, she rejoined Cook & Company full-time.

Duffy has served as an off-air analyst for NBC News on Election Nights from 1996 through 2014. She has been quoted in numerous publications and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

A native of Rhode Island, Duffy received a bachelors of arts in American government from Georgetown University. In 2012, Rhode Island College awarded her an honorary doctorate in social science.

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2012 Elections: Generational & Demographic Voting Gap - Video | LAI

National and State Political Outlook. In a talk that can focus on national and/or state politics, veteran political analyst Jennifer Duffy shares insights with audiences about the current political environment, national and state political trends, and upcoming elections, forecasting the states to watch and the likely results. One of the few experts on governors’ races, she believes that looking at states is the best way to determine national voting trends. States can get done what Congress cannot, and they serve as a microcosm for the country at large. Duffy addresses the key voter trends and demographics, the issues that drive elections, the state of the political parties, the political health of Congress and the President, and what we can expect in future elections. She also looks at how technology has changed elections (polls are no longer good enough!) and how Republicans’ redrawing of the district maps shored up their own base while unintentionally creating Democratic strongholds. Incorporating up-to-date examples from the past week of news and fascinating facts in each presentation, Duffy shares the caliber of political insights only found at the Cook Political Report, Washington’s most trusted source of all political news.

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