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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Economic)

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

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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