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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 17%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 19%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 75%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 93%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 94%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 6%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 93%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 44%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 83%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 81%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 6%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 69%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 17%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 19%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 17%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 6%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 69%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 81%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 81%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 81%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 67%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 69%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 19%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 25%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 6%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 6%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 79%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 75%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 81%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 56%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 13%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 94%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 93%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 81%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 81%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 75%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 6%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 13%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 63%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 17%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 94%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 83%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 81%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 6%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 6%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 19%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 6%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 94%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 83%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 75%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 6%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 81%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 17%
Neil Abercrombie 81%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 81%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 6%
John Ashcroft 17%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 20%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 17%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 6%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 19%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 83%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 94%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 92%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 80%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 88%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 75%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 86%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 13%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 93%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 88%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 94%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 6%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 81%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 93%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 44%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 17%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 13%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 83%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 87%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 81%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 6%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 69%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 17%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 19%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 17%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 6%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 87%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 69%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 81%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 81%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 81%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 67%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 69%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 19%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 25%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 6%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 6%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 79%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 13%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 75%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 81%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 6%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 81%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 56%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 93%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 13%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 92%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 94%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 87%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 81%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 93%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 81%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 81%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 75%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 6%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 13%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 63%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 17%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 6%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 83%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 94%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 88%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 53%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 83%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 0%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 81%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 6%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 6%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 19%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 6%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 88%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 88%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 88%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 100%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 60%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 94%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 83%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 75%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 75%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 6%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 81%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 17%
Neil Abercrombie 81%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 81%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 6%
John Ashcroft 17%
Spencer Bachus 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
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