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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 9%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 12%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 27%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 45%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 55%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 9%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 55%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 82%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 55%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 82%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 55%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 45%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 36%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 12%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 36%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 36%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 55%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 9%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 64%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 18%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 73%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 82%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 55%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 9%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 45%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 45%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 45%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 9%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 36%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 27%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 64%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 73%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 73%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 27%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 91%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 55%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 73%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 55%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 27%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 50%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 45%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 91%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 36%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 36%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 36%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 9%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 9%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 18%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 27%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 9%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 73%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 62%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 62%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind Democratic 73%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 73%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 91%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 0%
Neil Abercrombie 45%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 12%
Gary Ackerman 45%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 64%
Rob Andrews 82%
Bill Archer 18%
Richard Armey 45%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 45%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 55%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 9%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 12%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 27%
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 45%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 88%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 55%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 73%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 45%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 73%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 73%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 9%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 55%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 73%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 82%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 55%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 82%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 55%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 45%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 36%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 12%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 36%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 88%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 36%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 55%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 9%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 64%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 0%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 27%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 18%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 100%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 73%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 82%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 55%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 9%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 38%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 64%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 45%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 45%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 45%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 9%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 36%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 36%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 27%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 64%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 73%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 100%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 82%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 73%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 27%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 91%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 91%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 55%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 55%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 64%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 73%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 55%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 73%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 55%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 25%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 0%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 27%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 50%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 45%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 91%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 55%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 100%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 36%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 36%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 36%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 9%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 9%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 18%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 27%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 9%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 73%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 62%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 100%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 62%
WA U.S. House - 9 Adam Smith D 73%
WI U.S. House - 3 Ron Kind D 73%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 73%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 91%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 0%
Neil Abercrombie 45%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 12%
Gary Ackerman 45%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 75%
Wayne Allard 0%
Thomas Allen 64%
Rob Andrews 82%
Bill Archer 18%
Richard Armey 45%
John Ashcroft 0%
Spencer Bachus 45%
Henry Scott Baesler 36%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Joseph Baldacci 55%
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