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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Foreign)

State Office District Name Party Rating
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 85%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 85%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 85%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 85%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 85%
Frank Lautenberg 85%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 85%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 85%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 85%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 82%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 81%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 68%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 68%
Jeff Bingaman 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 68%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 68%
Kent Conrad 68%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 68%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 68%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 68%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 68%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 68%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 68%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 68%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 63%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 63%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 63%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 63%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 63%
Herb Kohl 62%
Daniel Inouye 61%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 60%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 57%
Jim Webb, Jr. 57%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 57%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 53%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 53%
Ben Nelson 53%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 53%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 52%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 51%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 49%
Scott Brown 48%
Max Baucus 46%
Joe Lieberman 46%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
Dick Lugar 43%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 43%
Olympia Snowe 42%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 41%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 40%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 39%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 38%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 35%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 35%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 35%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 34%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 33%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 32%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 30%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 30%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 29%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 28%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 26%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 26%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 25%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 24%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 23%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 16%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 16%
Kay Hutchison 16%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 16%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 16%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 16%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 16%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 10%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 10%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 10%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 10%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 9%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 8%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 6%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 6%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 3%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 3%
Jon Kyl 3%
James DeMint 2%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 1%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter 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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