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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 29%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 29%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 21%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 79%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 23%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 79%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 43%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 21%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 86%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 86%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 36%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 29%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 14%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 86%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 57%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 79%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 86%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 79%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 7%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 21%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 86%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 79%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 31%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 50%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 71%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 86%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 86%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 64%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 14%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 29%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 23%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 71%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 36%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 36%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 71%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 21%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 21%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions Republican 21%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 86%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 57%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 86%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 86%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 64%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 71%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 14%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 21%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 29%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 29%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 21%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 21%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 57%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 71%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 92%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 86%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 86%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 86%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 79%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 79%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 14%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 86%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 23%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 79%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 86%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 43%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 29%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 43%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 21%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 71%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 86%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 83%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 86%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 29%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 36%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 29%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 14%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 86%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 57%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 79%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 86%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 86%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 43%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 79%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 7%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 29%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 21%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 79%
NA President Joe Biden, Jr. D 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra D 86%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 36%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 86%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 79%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 31%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 71%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 50%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 71%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 85%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 86%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 86%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 83%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 8%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 21%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 64%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 14%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 29%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 23%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 71%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 79%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 86%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 36%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 36%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 71%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 29%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 79%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 21%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 21%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 15%
TX U.S. House - 17 Pete Sessions R 21%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 86%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 86%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 86%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 93%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 57%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 86%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 71%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 71%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 86%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 85%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 64%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 71%
Neil Abercrombie 86%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 14%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 21%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
Spencer Bachus 0%
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