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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Social)

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