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Political Junkie
Ken's online column on campaigns and elections.
Ken Rudin

Political Junkie columnist and ScuttleButton creator Ken Rudin is a political analyst and respected expert on elections and election history, with years of experience in television, radio and print. His special area of expertise has been House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns; in the eight election cycles beginning in 1984, he has analyzed and predicted every congressional race in the nation, with an extremely high accuracy rate.

In 1998, Ken returned to National Public Radio as its political editor – the same position he held from 1991-1994 – where he is in charge of planning the network's campaign and election coverage. Prior to his return to NPR, Ken was the managing editor of the Hotline, the daily political newsletter.

From 1983 through 1991, he was at ABC News, where he served as deputy political director and later as the off-air reporter on Capitol Hill covering the House. In that capacity he was often the network's political eyes and ears through his travel to primary and caucus states.

Ken has been a frequent guest on many national TV and radio programs, including CNN's "Inside Politics", CNBC's "Chris Matthews", PBS's "Washington Week in Review" and CNBC's "Equal Time."

For the 1997-98 election cycle, he wrote the "Political Graffiti" column for The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper. From 1979 until 1994, he was the editor and publisher of "Politics As Usual," a campaign trivia newsletter.

A political junkie for over 30 years, his love of politics dates back to the 1966 midterm elections. It was during that time he began collecting campaign buttons – a collection that now surpasses 70,000 items.

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