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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 64%
Max Baucus 57%
Jeff Bingaman 64%
Scott Brown 44%
Kent Conrad 57%
James DeMint 13%
Kay Hutchison 30%
Daniel Inouye 64%
Herb Kohl 64%
Jon Kyl 31%
Frank Lautenberg 64%
Joe Lieberman 49%
Dick Lugar 40%
Ben Nelson 47%
Olympia Snowe 42%
Jim Webb, Jr. 64%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 57%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 52%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 64%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 64%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 64%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 64%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 57%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 55%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 64%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 64%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 64%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 49%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 64%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 64%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 64%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 52%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 64%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 64%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 48%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 46%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 64%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 64%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 64%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 64%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 57%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 64%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 64%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 64%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 57%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 64%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 52%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 57%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 64%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 64%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 64%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 64%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 64%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 41%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 33%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 5%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 18%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 25%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 4%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 34%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 21%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 24%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 42%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 38%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 1%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 6%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 37%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 7%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 35%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 36%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 10%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 26%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 15%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 10%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 39%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 21%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 45%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 8%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 32%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 1%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 15%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 26%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 1%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 0%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 14%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 23%

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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