Rating Group: National Journal

2009 Composite Conservative Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie D 26%
Gary Ackerman 23%
AL U.S. House-4 Robert Aderholt R 80%
John Adler 50%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 16%
Todd Akin 93%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 66%
Rodney Alexander 82%
Jason Altmire 54%
Rob Andrews 19%
Michael Arcuri 50%
Steve Austria 76%
Joe Baca, Sr. 25%
MN U.S. House-6 Michele Bachmann R 90%
AL U.S. House-6 Spencer Bachus R 75%
Brian Baird 39%
WI U.S. Senate-Jr Tammy Baldwin D 10%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 88%
J. Gresham Barrett 86%
GA U.S. House-12 John Barrow D 53%
Roscoe Bartlett 77%
TX U.S. House-6 Joe Barton R 82%
Max Baucus 39%
Evan Bayh 59%
Melissa Bean 47%
CA U.S. House-34 Xavier Becerra D 9%
AK U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Begich D 34%
CO U.S. Senate-Jr Michael Bennet D 32%
Bob Bennett 80%
Shelley Berkley 28%
Howard Berman 10%
Marion Berry 46%
Judy Biggert 62%
Brian Bilbray 78%
FL U.S. House-12 Gus Bilirakis R 77%
Jeff Bingaman 29%
UT U.S. House-1 Rob Bishop R 92%
GA U.S. House-2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 39%
NY U.S. House-1 Tim Bishop D 30%
TN U.S. House-7 Marsha Blackburn R 93%
OR U.S. House-3 Earl Blumenauer D 22%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 77%
John Boccieri 51%
OH U.S. House-8 John Boehner R 92%
Kit Bond 68%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 84%
Mary Bono Mack 72%
AR U.S. Senate-Jr John Boozman R 84%
Dan Boren 58%
Leonard Boswell 29%
Rick Boucher 45%
LA U.S. House-3 Charles Boustany, Jr. R 84%
CA U.S. Senate-Jr Barbara Boxer D 23%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
TX U.S. House-8 Kevin Brady R 86%
PA U.S. House-1 Bob Brady D 10%
IA U.S. House-1 Bruce Braley D 18%
Bobby Bright 63%
GA U.S. House-10 Paul Broun R 86%
FL U.S. House-5 Corrine Brown D 21%
Henry Brown, Jr. 82%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 12%
KS Governor Sam Brownback R 80%
Ginny Brown-Waite 67%
FL U.S. House-16 Vern Buchanan R 73%
Jim Bunning 93%
TX U.S. House-26 Michael Burgess R 82%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 89%
Roland Burris 12%
Dan Burton 87%
NC U.S. House-1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. D 21%
Steve Buyer 81%
Robert Byrd 41%
CA U.S. House-42 Ken Calvert R 79%
MI U.S. House-4 Dave Camp R 71%
CA U.S. House-45 John Campbell III R 78%
VA U.S. House-7 Eric Cantor R 88%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 39%
Joseph Cao 60%
WV U.S. House-2 Shelley Capito R 66%
CA U.S. House-24 Lois Capps D 8%
MA U.S. House-7 Mike Capuano D 11%
MD U.S. Senate-Jr Ben Cardin D 12%
Dennis Cardoza 45%
Russ Carnahan 26%
Christopher Carney 52%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 27%
IN U.S. House-7 André Carson D 10%
TX U.S. House-31 John Carter R 89%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 44%
LA U.S. House-6 Bill Cassidy R 68%
Mike Castle 58%
FL U.S. House-14 Kathy Castor D 7%
UT U.S. House-3 Jason Chaffetz R 91%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Saxby Chambliss R 85%
Ben Chandler III 47%
Travis Childers 59%
NY U.S. House-9 Yvette Clarke D 11%
MO U.S. House-1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 20%
MO U.S. House-5 Emanuel Cleaver II D 12%
SC U.S. House-6 Jim Clyburn D 9%
NC U.S. House-6 Howard Coble R 82%
OK U.S. Senate-Jr Thomas Coburn R 93%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 73%
CO U.S. House-6 Michael Coffman R 83%
TN U.S. House-9 Steve Cohen D 24%
OK U.S. House-4 Tom Cole R 84%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 60%
TX U.S. House-11 Mike Conaway R 91%
VA U.S. House-11 Gerry Connolly D 28%
Kent Conrad 38%
MI U.S. House-13 John Conyers, Jr. D 25%
TN U.S. House-5 Jim Cooper D 42%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 66%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 88%
CA U.S. House-16 Jim Costa D 46%
Jerry Costello 48%
CT U.S. House-2 Joe Courtney D 29%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 86%
FL U.S. House-4 Ander Crenshaw R 70%
NY U.S. House-14 Joe Crowley D 11%
TX U.S. House-28 Henry Cuellar D 49%
TX U.S. House-7 John Culberson R 87%
MD U.S. House-7 Elijah Cummings D 14%
Kathy Dahlkemper 51%
Artur Davis 51%
IL U.S. House-7 Danny Davis D 11%
Geoff Davis 76%
Lincoln Davis 55%
CA U.S. House-53 Susan Davis D 19%
GA Governor Nathan Deal R 87%
OR U.S. House-4 Peter DeFazio D 39%
CO U.S. House-1 Diana DeGette D 17%
Bill Delahunt 11%
CT U.S. House-3 Rosa DeLauro D 16%
James DeMint 95%
PA U.S. House-15 Charlie Dent R 63%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 71%
FL U.S. House-25 Mario Diaz-Balart R 70%
Norm Dicks 24%
MI U.S. House-12 John Dingell D 33%
Chris Dodd 15%
TX U.S. House-35 Lloyd Doggett II D 36%
IN U.S. Senate-Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. D 56%
Byron Dorgan 48%
PA U.S. House-14 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 18%
David Dreier 84%
Steve Driehaus 42%
TN U.S. House-2 John Duncan, Jr. R 73%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 15%
MD U.S. House-4 Donna Edwards D 10%
Chet Edwards 45%
Vern Ehlers 61%
MN U.S. House-5 Keith Ellison DFL 14%
Brad Ellsworth 54%
Jo Ann Emerson 65%
NY U.S. House-16 Eliot Engel D 23%
John Ensign 90%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 85%
CA U.S. House-18 Anna Eshoo D 17%
Bob Etheridge 37%
OK Governor Mary Fallin R 87%
CA U.S. House-20 Sam Farr D 15%
PA U.S. House-2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. D 11%
Russ Feingold 53%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 24%
Bob Filner 19%
AZ U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Flake R 81%
LA U.S. House-4 John Fleming, Jr. R 85%
VA U.S. House-4 Randy Forbes R 84%
NE U.S. House-1 Jeff Fortenberry R 66%
IL U.S. House-11 Bill Foster D 50%
NC U.S. House-5 Virginia Foxx R 91%
Barney Frank 9%
AZ U.S. House-8 Trent Franks R 94%
NJ U.S. House-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen R 72%
OH U.S. House-11 Marcia Fudge D 9%
Elton Gallegly 81%
NJ U.S. House-5 Scott Garrett R 85%
PA U.S. House-6 Jim Gerlach R 65%
Gabrielle Giffords 48%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 16%
GA U.S. House-11 Phil Gingrey R 86%
TX U.S. House-1 Louie Gohmert R 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 22%
VA U.S. House-6 Bob Goodlatte R 85%
Bart Gordon 48%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 77%
TX U.S. House-12 Kay Granger R 87%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 74%
MO U.S. House-6 Sam Graves R 82%
FL U.S. House-9 Alan Grayson D 37%
TX U.S. House-9 Al Green D 17%
TX U.S. House-29 Gene Green D 25%
Judd Gregg 64%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 60%
AZ U.S. House-3 Raúl Grijalva D 17%
KY U.S. House-2 Brett Guthrie R 78%
IL U.S. House-4 Luis Gutierrez D 10%
NC U.S. Senate-Jr Kay Hagan D 39%
John Hall 36%
TX U.S. House-4 Ralph Hall R 80%
Debbie Halvorson 49%
Phil Hare 14%
IA U.S. Senate-Jr Tom Harkin D 17%
Jane Harman 27%
MS U.S. House-3 Gregg Harper R 85%
FL U.S. House-20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 9%
WA U.S. House-4 Doc Hastings R 84%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 70%
NM U.S. Senate-Jr Martin Heinrich D 36%
NV U.S. Senate-Jr Dean Heller R 79%
TX U.S. House-5 Jeb Hensarling R 89%
Wally Herger, Jr. 89%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 53%
NY U.S. House-26 Brian Higgins D 28%
Baron Hill 46%
CT U.S. House-4 Jim Himes D 34%
Maurice Hinchey 25%
TX U.S. House-15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. D 25%
HI U.S. Senate-Jr Mazie Hirono D 15%
Paul Hodes 43%
Pete Hoekstra 74%
Thomas Holden 51%
NJ U.S. House-12 Rush Holt, Jr. D 5%
CA U.S. House-17 Mike Honda D 12%
MD U.S. House-5 Steny Hoyer D 17%
Duncan Hunter 86%
Kay Hutchison 73%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 76%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 96%
Daniel Inouye 16%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 25%
GA U.S. Senate-Jr Johnny Isakson R 86%
NY U.S. House-3 Steve Israel D 20%
CA U.S. House-49 Darrell Issa R 86%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 7%
TX U.S. House-18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 9%
KS U.S. House-2 Lynn Jenkins R 75%
NE U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Johanns R 79%
TX U.S. House-30 Eddie Johnson D 16%
GA U.S. House-4 Hank Johnson, Jr. D 22%
TX U.S. House-3 Sam Johnson R 89%
Tim Johnson 63%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr Timothy Johnson D 30%
NC U.S. House-3 Walter Jones, Jr. R 66%
OH U.S. House-4 Jim Jordan R 91%
Steve Kagen 23%
Paul Kanjorski 44%
OH U.S. House-9 Marcy Kaptur D 39%
Ted Kaufman 23%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry D 14%
Dale Kildee 31%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 22%
Mary Jo Kilroy 17%
WI U.S. House-3 Ron Kind D 34%
NY U.S. House-2 Pete King R 65%
IA U.S. House-4 Steve King R 93%
GA U.S. House-1 Jack Kingston R 84%
IL U.S. Senate-Jr Mark Kirk R 61%
AZ U.S. House-1 Ann Kirkpatrick D 55%
Larry Kissell 49%
Ron Klein 42%
MN U.S. House-2 John Kline R 89%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar DFL 45%
Herb Kohl 30%
Suzanne Kosmas 49%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 54%
Dennis Kucinich 35%
Jon Kyl 85%
CO U.S. House-5 Doug Lamborn R 94%
NJ U.S. House-7 Leonard Lance R 62%
LA U.S. Senate-Sr Mary Landrieu D 39%
RI U.S. House-2 Jim Langevin D 26%
WA U.S. House-2 Rick Larsen D 23%
CT U.S. House-1 John Larson D 18%
IA U.S. House-3 Tom Latham R 75%
Steve LaTourette 62%
OH U.S. House-5 Bob Latta R 90%
Frank Lautenberg 14%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 26%
CA U.S. House-13 Barbara Lee D 22%
Chris Lee 71%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Carl Levin D 16%
MI U.S. House-9 Sandy Levin D 22%
Jerry Lewis 80%
Joe Lieberman 50%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 92%
IL U.S. House-3 Daniel Lipinski D 48%
NJ U.S. House-2 Frank LoBiondo R 65%
IA U.S. House-2 Dave Loebsack D 22%
CA U.S. House-19 Zoe Lofgren D 19%
NY U.S. House-17 Nita Lowey D 29%
OK U.S. House-3 Frank Lucas R 84%
MO U.S. House-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer R 84%
Dick Lugar 59%
NM U.S. House-3 Ben Lujan, Jr. D 20%
WY U.S. House-At-Large Cynthia Lummis R 89%
Dan Lungren 79%
MA U.S. House-8 Stephen Lynch D 33%
Connie Mack IV 85%
NY U.S. House-24 Dan Maffei Other 39%
NY U.S. House-12 Carolyn Maloney D 25%
Don Manzullo 85%
TX U.S. House-24 Kenny Marchant R 91%
Betsy Markey 49%
MA U.S. Senate-Jr Ed Markey D 12%
Jim Marshall 59%
Melquiades Martinez 66%
Eric Massa 45%
UT U.S. House-4 Jim Matheson D 52%
CA U.S. House-6 Doris Matsui D 10%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 84%
NY U.S. House-4 Carolyn McCarthy D 32%
CA U.S. House-23 Kevin McCarthy R 90%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 40%
TX U.S. House-10 Michael McCaul R 79%
CA U.S. House-4 Tom McClintock R 93%
MN U.S. House-4 Betty McCollum DFL 10%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 90%
Thaddeus McCotter 68%
WA U.S. House-7 Jim McDermott D 21%
MA U.S. House-2 Jim McGovern D 14%
NC U.S. House-10 Patrick McHenry R 92%
John McHugh 59%
NC U.S. House-7 Mike McIntyre D 57%
CA U.S. House-25 Buck McKeon R 80%
Michael McMahon 50%
WA U.S. House-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers R 77%
CA U.S. House-9 Jerry McNerney D 47%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 39%
NY U.S. House-5 Gregory Meeks D 33%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 19%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 19%
FL U.S. House-7 John Mica R 85%
ME U.S. House-2 Mike Michaud D 42%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Barbara Mikulski D 15%
MI U.S. House-10 Candice Miller R 64%
CA U.S. House-31 Gary Miller R 83%
CA U.S. House-11 George Miller D 15%
FL U.S. House-1 Jefferson Miller R 92%
Brad Miller 30%
Walt Minnick 57%
Harry Mitchell 54%
Alan Mollohan 42%
Dennis Moore 29%
WI U.S. House-4 Gwen Moore D 5%
VA U.S. House-8 Jim Moran, Jr. D 14%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 84%
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 65%
CT U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Murphy D 31%
Patrick Murphy 41%
Scott Murphy 51%
PA U.S. House-18 Tim Murphy R 66%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 21%
Jack Murtha 32%
Sue Myrick 89%
NY U.S. House-10 Jerry Nadler D 17%
CA U.S. House-32 Grace Napolitano D 12%
MA U.S. House-1 Richard Neal D 23%
Ben Nelson 59%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 38%
TX U.S. House-19 Randy Neugebauer R 94%
CA U.S. House-22 Devin Nunes R 88%
Glenn Nye III 55%
Jim Oberstar 27%
Dave Obey 18%
TX U.S. House-22 Pete Olson R 94%
John Olver 5%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 39%
NJ U.S. House-6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 18%
NJ U.S. House-9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 19%
AZ U.S. House-7 Ed Pastor D 21%
Ron Paul 70%
MN U.S. House-3 Erik Paulsen R 69%
Donald Payne 14%
IN Governor Mike Pence R 93%
CO U.S. House-7 Ed Perlmutter D 33%
Tom Perriello 53%
MI U.S. House-14 Gary Peters D 43%
MN U.S. House-7 Collin Peterson DFL 55%
WI U.S. House-6 Tom Petri R 69%
ME U.S. House-1 Chellie Pingree D 19%
PA U.S. House-16 Joe Pitts R 88%
Todd Platts 65%
TX U.S. House-2 Ted Poe R 84%
CO U.S. House-2 Jared Polis D 24%
Earl Pomeroy 40%
FL U.S. House-8 Bill Posey R 85%
NC U.S. House-4 David Price D 11%
GA U.S. House-6 Tom Price R 87%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Pryor D 48%
FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam R 75%
IL U.S. House-5 Mike Quigley D 26%
George Radanovich 92%
WV U.S. House-3 Nick Rahall II D 42%
NY U.S. House-13 Charlie Rangel D 20%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 12%
Denny Rehberg 78%
WA U.S. House-8 Dave Reichert R 60%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Harry Reid D 22%
Silvestre Reyes 35%
Laura Richardson 34%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 91%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 87%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Jay Rockefeller IV D 24%
Ciro Rodriguez 39%
TN U.S. House-1 Phil Roe R 78%
KY U.S. House-5 Hal Rogers R 78%
AL U.S. House-3 Mike Rogers R 69%
MI U.S. House-8 Mike Rogers R 77%
CA U.S. House-48 Dana Rohrabacher R 77%
FL U.S. House-17 Tom Rooney R 77%
IL U.S. House-6 Peter Roskam R 76%
FL U.S. House-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R 68%
Mike Ross 53%
Steve Rothman 17%
CA U.S. House-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 10%
CA U.S. House-39 Ed Royce R 86%
MD U.S. House-2 Dutch Ruppersberger D 33%
IL U.S. House-1 Bobby Rush D 23%
WI U.S. House-1 Paul Ryan R 81%
OH U.S. House-13 Tim Ryan D 30%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar N/A 41%
CA U.S. House-46 Loretta Sanchez D 28%
CA U.S. House-38 Linda Sánchez D 5%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 37%
MD U.S. House-3 John Sarbanes D 10%
LA U.S. House-1 Steve Scalise R 88%
IL U.S. House-9 Jan Schakowsky D 5%
Mark Schauer 41%
CA U.S. House-28 Adam Schiff D 23%
Jean Schmidt 77%
IL U.S. House-18 Aaron Schock R 75%
OR U.S. House-5 Kurt Schrader D 36%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 16%
PA U.S. House-13 Allyson Schwartz D 34%
GA U.S. House-13 David Scott D 34%
VA U.S. House-3 Bobby Scott D 17%
WI U.S. House-5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 85%
NY U.S. House-15 José Serrano D 10%
AL U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Sessions III R 89%
TX U.S. House-32 Pete Sessions R 92%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 23%
John Shadegg 94%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 23%
NH U.S. House-1 Carol Shea-Porter D 33%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 88%
CA U.S. House-30 Brad Sherman D 26%
IL U.S. House-15 John Shimkus R 76%
Heath Shuler 55%
PA U.S. House-9 Bill Shuster R 80%
ID U.S. House-2 Mike Simpson R 67%
NJ U.S. House-8 Albio Sires D 24%
Ike Skelton 48%
NY U.S. House-25 Louise Slaughter D 5%
WA U.S. House-9 Adam Smith D 42%
NE U.S. House-3 Adrian Smith R 91%
NJ U.S. House-4 Chris Smith R 62%
TX U.S. House-21 Lamar Smith R 83%
Olympia Snowe 59%
Vic Snyder 36%
Mark Souder 78%
Zack Space 51%
Arlen Specter 57%
CA U.S. House-14 Jackie Speier D 25%
John Spratt, Jr. 36%
MI U.S. Senate-Jr Debbie Stabenow D 22%
Pete Stark 30%
Cliff Stearns 78%
Bart Stupak 42%
Betty Sutton 11%
John Tanner 51%
Ellen Tauscher 22%
Gene Taylor 60%
Harry Teague 55%
NE U.S. House-2 Lee Terry R 75%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 39%
MS U.S. House-2 Bennie Thompson D 22%
PA U.S. House-5 G.T. Thompson, Jr. R 80%
CA U.S. House-5 Mike Thompson D 17%
TX U.S. House-13 Mac Thornberry R 94%
SD U.S. Senate-Jr John Thune R 90%
Todd Tiahrt 85%
OH U.S. House-12 Pat Tiberi R 73%
MA U.S. House-6 John Tierney D 23%
NV U.S. House-1 Dina Titus D 41%
NY U.S. House-20 Paul Tonko D 16%
Ed Towns 10%
MA U.S. House-3 Niki Tsongas D 15%
OH U.S. House-10 Mike Turner R 66%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Udall D 34%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 21%
MI U.S. House-6 Fred Upton R 61%
MD U.S. House-8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. D 19%
NY U.S. House-7 Nydia Velázquez D 15%
IN U.S. House-1 Pete Visclosky D 25%
LA U.S. Senate-Jr David Vitter R 85%
George Voinovich 62%
OR U.S. House-2 Greg Walden R 65%
MN U.S. House-1 Tim Walz DFL 36%
Zach Wamp 70%
John Warner 35%
FL U.S. House-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz D 14%
CA U.S. House-43 Maxine Waters D 30%
Diane Watson 12%
Mel Watt 5%
CA U.S. House-33 Henry Waxman D 5%
Jim Webb, Jr. 52%
Anthony Weiner 22%
VT U.S. House-At-Large Peter Welch D 24%
GA U.S. House-3 Lynn Westmoreland R 91%
Robert Wexler 20%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 12%
KY U.S. House-1 Ed Whitfield R 68%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 77%
SC U.S. House-2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 84%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 42%
VA U.S. House-1 Rob Wittman R 77%
VA U.S. House-10 Frank Wolf R 74%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
David Wu 28%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 25%
KY U.S. House-3 John Yarmuth D 26%
Bill Young 74%
AK U.S. House-At-Large Don Young R 74%

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