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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 31%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 33%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 23%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 69%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 92%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 85%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 85%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 25%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 92%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 15%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 46%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 23%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 82%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 85%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 15%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 31%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 77%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 38%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 17%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 15%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 85%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 62%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 85%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 85%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 62%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 8%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 23%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 31%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 23%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 77%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 38%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 85%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 69%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 54%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 23%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 85%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 77%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 82%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 8%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 23%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 33%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 25%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 67%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 31%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 77%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 85%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 38%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 38%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 31%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 23%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 23%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 38%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 85%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 85%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 92%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 67%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 85%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 83%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 69%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 31%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 77%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 33%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 31%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 33%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 23%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 23%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 67%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 69%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 92%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 85%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 85%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 85%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 77%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 77%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 85%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 15%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 85%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 85%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 25%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 77%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 85%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 92%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 15%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 46%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 33%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 50%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 23%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 67%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 85%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 82%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 85%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 15%
IL Board Member - At-Large David Phelps 31%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 77%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 38%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 17%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 15%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 85%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 62%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 77%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 85%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 85%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 50%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 62%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 8%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 23%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 31%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 23%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 77%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 38%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 85%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 77%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 33%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 69%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 54%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 77%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 67%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 23%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 83%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 85%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 85%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 85%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 85%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 85%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 77%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 82%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 8%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 23%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 69%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 17%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 33%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 25%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 67%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 31%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 77%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 85%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 38%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 38%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 31%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 77%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 23%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 23%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 15%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 38%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 85%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 85%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 85%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 92%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 50%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 85%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 67%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 69%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 85%
WI U.S. Senate - Jr Tammy Baldwin D 83%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 69%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 31%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 77%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 33%
Neil Abercrombie 85%
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