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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Composite Score)

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 91%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 91%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
Al Franken 89%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Harry Reid 88%
Barbara Boxer 87%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 85%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 85%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
Tom Harkin 83%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
Barbara Mikulski 82%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 80%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Timothy Johnson 79%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
Carl Levin 77%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
Daniel Inouye 76%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 75%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 72%
John Kerry 71%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 71%
Herb Kohl 70%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 68%
Kent Conrad 68%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
Mark Udall 66%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 64%
Mark Begich 64%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 63%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 58%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 57%
Max Baucus 56%
Mary Landrieu 56%
Kay Hagan 55%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 55%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Mark Pryor 52%
Ben Nelson 51%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 48%
Scott Brown 46%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Dick Lugar 41%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 39%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 38%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 34%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 32%
Kelly Ayotte 31%
Mike Johanns 31%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 30%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 28%
Dan Coats 28%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 28%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 27%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 27%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 26%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 24%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 19%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 19%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 19%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 17%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 17%
Jon Kyl 17%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
David Vitter 15%
Thomas Coburn 15%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 12%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 10%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 9%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 8%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 7%
James DeMint 7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 6%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 4%

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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