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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Economic)

State Office District Name Party Rating
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 99%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 98%
Thomas Coburn 97%
James DeMint 96%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 95%
UT U.S. Senate Jr Mike Lee Republican 93%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 93%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 92%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 91%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 90%
NA U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 88%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Marco Rubio Republican 87%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 85%
Jon Kyl 85%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 84%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 83%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 82%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 81%
Saxby Chambliss 80%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 79%
Dan Coats 78%
Kelly Ayotte 77%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 76%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 75%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 74%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 73%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 72%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 71%
David Vitter 70%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 69%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 68%
Mike Johanns 67%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 66%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 65%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 62%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 62%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 62%
Dick Lugar 61%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Dean Heller Republican 60%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 59%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 58%
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 57%
Olympia Snowe 56%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 55%
Scott Brown 54%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 53%
Jim Webb, Jr. 52%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Claire McCaskill Democratic 51%
Ben Nelson 49%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 48%
Mark Pryor 47%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 46%
Mary Landrieu 45%
Mark Begich 44%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 43%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 42%
Max Baucus 37%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 37%
Kay Hagan 37%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 37%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 37%
Mark Udall 36%
Herb Kohl 35%
Joe Lieberman 34%
John Kerry 33%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 31%
Kent Conrad 31%
Jeff Bingaman 30%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 28%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 28%
Tom Harkin 25%
Carl Levin 25%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 25%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 24%
Jay Rockefeller IV 22%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 22%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 20%
Barbara Mikulski 20%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 17%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 17%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 17%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 16%
Daniel Inouye 15%
Barbara Boxer 14%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 10%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 10%
Timothy Johnson 10%
Harry Reid 10%
Frank Lautenberg 9%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 8%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 5%
Al Franken 5%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 5%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 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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