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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Social)

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

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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