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Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 54%
AK U.S. Senate Jr Mark Begich Democratic 36%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 87%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 71%
AR U.S. Senate Sr Mark Pryor Democratic 36%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 79%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 60%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 36%
CO U.S. Senate Jr Michael Bennet Democratic 45%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 36%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 70%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 95%
GA U.S. Senate Jr Johnny Isakson Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Daniel Coats Republican 65%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 82%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 77%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 79%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 90%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 45%
LA U.S. Senate Jr David Vitter Republican 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 0%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 0%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 53%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 75%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 76%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 0%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74%
NC U.S. Senate Jr Kay Hagan Democratic 48%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 63%
NE U.S. Senate Sr Mike Johanns Republican 71%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 0%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Kelly Ayotte Republican 66%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Dean Heller Republican 64%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 36%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 67%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 82%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 77%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 43%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 99%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 62%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 0%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 96%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 58%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 61%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 92%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 87%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 43%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 51%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 94%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Max Baucus 36%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Scott Brown 55%
Kent Conrad 36%
James DeMint 86%
Kay Hutchison 69%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Herb Kohl 0%
Jon Kyl 68%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Joe Lieberman 48%
Dick Lugar 59%
Ben Nelson 52%
Olympia Snowe 56%
Jim Webb, Jr. 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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