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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Composite Score)

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

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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