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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 15%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 86%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 84%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 76%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 80%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 7%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 92%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 69%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 30%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 80%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 76%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 23%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 57%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 14%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 11%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 73%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 80%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers Republican 7%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 11%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields Democratic 69%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 84%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 65%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 73%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 30%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 50%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 3%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 76%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 15%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 73%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 53%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 76%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 34%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 92%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 80%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 80%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 19%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 34%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 24%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 10%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 3%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 86%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 60%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 84%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 65%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 26%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 7%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 65%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 73%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 86%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 86%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 38%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
Neil Abercrombie 73%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 19%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 19%
John Ashcroft 5%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 7%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 23%
Joe Barton 7%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 3%
Max Baucus 76%
Anthony Beilenson 80%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 23%
Howard Berman 73%
Tom Bevill 30%
Joe Biden, Jr. 90%
Brian Bilbray 34%
Michael Bilirakis 34%
Jeff Bingaman 81%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 7%
Peter Blute 38%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 15%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 86%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 84%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 76%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 73%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 80%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 7%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 92%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 69%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 30%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 80%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 76%
FL Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 23%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 57%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 14%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 11%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 73%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 80%
IN Council Member - At-Large John Myers R 7%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 0%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 11%
LA State Senate - 14 Cleo Fields D 69%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 88%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 84%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 80%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 65%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci D 73%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 30%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 50%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 3%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 76%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 15%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 73%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 53%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 88%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 76%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 34%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 92%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 92%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 80%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 80%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 80%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 80%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 19%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 34%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 84%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 24%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 10%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 3%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 86%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 60%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 84%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 65%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 26%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 69%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 7%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 69%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 65%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 80%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 73%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 86%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 88%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 86%
WI U.S. House - 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. R 38%
WI Mayor - At-Large Tom Barrett 92%
Neil Abercrombie 73%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 19%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86%
Rob Andrews 65%
Bill Archer 15%
Richard Armey 19%
John Ashcroft 5%
Spencer Bachus 23%
Henry Scott Baesler 57%
Richard Hugh Baker 15%
William Baker 15%
Cass Ballenger 7%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 15%
Bill Barrett 11%
Roscoe Bartlett 23%
Joe Barton 7%
Charlie Bass 23%
Herbert Bateman, Sr. 3%
Max Baucus 76%
Anthony Beilenson 80%
Bob Bennett 0%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 23%
Howard Berman 73%
Tom Bevill 30%
Joe Biden, Jr. 90%
Brian Bilbray 34%
Michael Bilirakis 34%
Jeff Bingaman 81%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 7%
Peter Blute 38%
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