Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Economic)

State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate-Sr Lisa Murkowski R 42%
AL U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Shelby R 30%
AR U.S. Senate-Sr John Boozman R 28%
AZ U.S. Senate-Sr John McCain III R 7%
CA U.S. Senate-Sr Dianne Feinstein D 80%
CO U.S. Senate-Sr Michael Bennet D 57%
CT U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Blumenthal D 95%
DE U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Carper D 67%
DE U.S. Senate-Jr Chris Coons D 80%
FL U.S. Senate-Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. D 58%
FL U.S. Senate-Jr Marco Rubio R 12%
GA U.S. Senate-Sr Johnny Isakson R 24%
IA U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Grassley R 35%
ID U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Crapo R 13%
ID U.S. Senate-Jr James Risch R 8%
IL U.S. Senate-Sr Dick Durbin D 92%
KS U.S. Senate-Sr Pat Roberts R 27%
KS U.S. Senate-Jr Jerry Moran R 31%
KY U.S. Senate-Sr Mitch McConnell R 23%
KY U.S. Senate-Jr Rand Paul R 5%
MD U.S. Senate-Sr Ben Cardin D 86%
ME U.S. Senate-Sr Susan Collins R 46%
MI U.S. Senate-Sr Debbie Stabenow D 53%
MN U.S. Senate-Sr Amy Klobuchar D 58%
MN U.S. Senate-Jr Al Franken D 92%
MO U.S. Senate-Sr Claire McCaskill D 48%
MO U.S. Senate-Jr Roy Blunt R 35%
MS U.S. Senate-Sr Thad Cochran R 41%
MS U.S. Senate-Jr Roger Wicker R 35%
MT U.S. Senate-Sr Jon Tester D 56%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III R 10%
NC U.S. Senate-Sr Richard Burr R 18%
ND U.S. Senate-Sr John Hoeven R 40%
NH U.S. Senate-Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 83%
NJ U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Menendez D 72%
NM U.S. Senate-Sr Tom Udall D 95%
NV U.S. Senate-Sr Dean Heller R 39%
NY U.S. Senate-Sr Chuck Schumer D 92%
NY U.S. Senate-Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 95%
OH U.S. Senate-Sr Sherrod Brown D 86%
OH U.S. Senate-Jr Rob Portman R 16%
OK U.S. Senate-Sr Jim Inhofe R 20%
OR U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Wyden D 70%
OR U.S. Senate-Jr Jeff Merkley D 70%
PA U.S. Senate-Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 58%
PA U.S. Senate-Jr Pat Toomey R 1%
RI U.S. Senate-Sr Jack Reed D 95%
RI U.S. Senate-Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 95%
SC U.S. Senate-Sr Lindsey Graham R 9%
SD U.S. Senate-Sr John Thune R 26%
TN U.S. Senate-Sr Lamar Alexander R 33%
TN U.S. Senate-Jr Robert Corker R 25%
TX U.S. Senate-Sr John Cornyn R 11%
UT U.S. Senate-Sr Orrin Hatch R 4%
UT U.S. Senate-Jr Mike Lee R 5%
VA U.S. Senate-Sr Mark Warner D 51%
VT U.S. Senate-Sr Patrick Leahy D 75%
VT U.S. Senate-Jr Bernie Sanders I 76%
WA U.S. Senate-Sr Patty Murray D 91%
WA U.S. Senate-Jr Maria Cantwell D 80%
WI U.S. Senate-Sr Ron Johnson R 0%
WV U.S. Senate-Sr Joe Manchin III D 44%
WY U.S. Senate-Sr Mike Enzi R 17%
WY U.S. Senate-Jr John Barrasso R 15%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 78%
Kelly Ayotte 22%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 34%
Max Baucus 58%
Mark Begich 55%
Jeff Bingaman 69%
Barbara Boxer 85%
Scott Brown 45%
Saxby Chambliss 19%
Dan Coats 21%
Thomas Coburn 2%
Kent Conrad 67%
James DeMint 3%
Kay Hagan 58%
Tom Harkin 72%
Daniel Inouye 84%
Mike Johanns 32%
Timothy Johnson 86%
John Kerry 66%
Herb Kohl 64%
Jon Kyl 13%
Mary Landrieu 54%
Frank Lautenberg 90%
Carl Levin 72%
Joe Lieberman 65%
Dick Lugar 38%
Barbara Mikulski 78%
Ben Nelson 49%
Mark Pryor 52%
Harry Reid 86%
Jay Rockefeller IV 76%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Mark Udall 63%
David Vitter 29%
Jim Webb, Jr. 47%

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