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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Conservative (Foreign)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 58%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 85%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 76%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 32%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 39%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 0%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 19%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 0%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 90%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Johnny Isakson Republican 77%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 85%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 94%
ID U.S. Senate Jr James Risch Republican 98%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 0%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 65%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 70%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 85%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 0%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 54%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 32%
MN U.S. Senate Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 19%
MO U.S. Senate Sr Roy Blunt Republican 60%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Roger Wicker Republican 77%
MT U.S. Senate Sr Jon Tester Democratic 43%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 84%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 62%
NH U.S. Senate Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 19%
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 15%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 19%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 0%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 62%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 91%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 48%
OR U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 43%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 19%
PA U.S. Senate Jr Pat Toomey Republican 77%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 19%
RI U.S. Senate Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 40%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 61%
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican 72%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 74%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 94%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Mike Lee Republican 85%
VA U.S. Senate Sr Mark Warner Democratic 32%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 19%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 47%
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 92%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 49%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 85%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 68%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 19%
Kelly Ayotte 62%
Kay Bailey Hutchison 77%
Max Baucus 52%
Mark Begich 19%
Jeff Bingaman 19%
Barbara Boxer 0%
Scott Brown 51%
Saxby Chambliss 77%
Dan Coats 71%
Thomas Coburn 77%
Thad Cochran 68%
Kent Conrad 19%
Robert Corker 75%
James DeMint 97%
Al Franken 0%
Kay Hagan 43%
Tom Harkin 0%
Orrin Hatch 72%
Dean Heller 59%
Daniel Inouye 38%
Mike Johanns 67%
Timothy Johnson 32%
John Kerry 32%
Herb Kohl 37%
Jon Kyl 94%
Mary Landrieu 40%
Frank Lautenberg 0%
Carl Levin 19%
Joe Lieberman 52%
Dick Lugar 55%
John McCain III 66%
Claire McCaskill 0%
Barbara Mikulski 15%
Ben Nelson 43%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 15%
Mark Pryor 55%
Harry Reid 0%
Jay Rockefeller IV 18%
Jeff Sessions III 77%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Mark Udall 19%
David Vitter 99%
Jim Webb, Jr. 40%

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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