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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Economic)

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

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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