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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Composite Score)

State Office District Name Party Rating
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 96%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 94%
James DeMint 94%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 93%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 91%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 90%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 88%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 87%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 87%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 86%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 85%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 85%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 85%
Jon Kyl 83%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 83%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 83%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 83%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 82%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 82%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 81%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 81%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 80%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 76%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 75%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 74%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 74%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 73%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 72%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 72%
Kay Hutchison 72%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 72%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 72%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 72%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 71%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 69%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 69%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 68%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 67%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 62%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 62%
Dick Lugar 59%
Olympia Snowe 57%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 55%
Scott Brown 54%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 52%
Ben Nelson 49%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 48%
Joe Lieberman 46%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 45%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 45%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 45%
Max Baucus 44%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 43%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 42%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 38%
Jim Webb, Jr. 37%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 37%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 36%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 34%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 33%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 32%
Kent Conrad 32%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 32%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 31%
Herb Kohl 30%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 30%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 29%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 28%
Jeff Bingaman 25%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 25%
Daniel Inouye 24%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 24%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 23%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 23%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 22%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 22%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 21%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 21%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 20%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 20%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 19%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 17%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 17%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 15%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 15%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 15%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 13%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 13%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 13%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 13%
Frank Lautenberg 12%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 11%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 11%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 9%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 9%

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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