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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 54%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 87%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 79%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 45%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 36%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 70%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 71%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 79%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 96%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 82%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 77%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 79%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 90%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 56%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 0%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 90%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 76%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 45%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 74%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 63%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 0%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 0%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 0%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 36%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 67%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 82%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 0%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 0%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 43%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 99%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 0%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 0%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 62%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 96%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 58%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Mike Lee Republican 87%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 43%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 0%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 0%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WI U.S. Senate Sr Ron Johnson Republican 82%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 51%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 93%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 94%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Kelly Ayotte 66%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 69%
Max Baucus 36%
Mark Begich 36%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
Barbara Boxer 0%
Scott Brown 55%
Saxby Chambliss 95%
Dan Coats 65%
Thomas Coburn 77%
Thad Cochran 75%
Kent Conrad 36%
Robert Corker 61%
James DeMint 86%
Al Franken 0%
Kay Hagan 48%
Tom Harkin 0%
Orrin Hatch 92%
Dean Heller 64%
Daniel Inouye 0%
Mike Johanns 71%
Timothy Johnson 0%
John Kerry 0%
Herb Kohl 0%
Jon Kyl 68%
Mary Landrieu 45%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Carl Levin 0%
Joe Lieberman 48%
Dick Lugar 59%
John McCain III 60%
Claire McCaskill 53%
Barbara Mikulski 0%
Ben Nelson 52%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 0%
Mark Pryor 36%
Harry Reid 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 0%
Jeff Sessions III 71%
Olympia Snowe 56%
Mark Udall 36%
David Vitter 85%
Jim Webb, Jr. 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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