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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Composite Score)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 31%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 17%
Max Baucus 56%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 64%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 57%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 91%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 87%
Scott Brown 46%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 68%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 64%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 15%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 28%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 15%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Kent Conrad 68%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 85%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 30%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
James DeMint 7%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 12%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 89%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 85%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 55%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 83%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 13%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 39%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 38%
Kay Hutchison 28%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
Daniel Inouye 76%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 19%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 31%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 8%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 79%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 71%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 72%
Herb Kohl 70%
Jon Kyl 17%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 56%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 10%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 77%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Dick Lugar 41%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 48%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 27%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 63%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 28%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
Ben Nelson 51%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 75%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 9%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 52%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 88%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 4%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 26%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 80%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 17%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 71%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 19%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 80%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
Olympia Snowe 43%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 55%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 19%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 7%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 66%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 15%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 58%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 27%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 68%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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