Rating Group: National Journal

2012 Senate Liberal (Composite Score)

Issues: Liberal

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 43%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 76%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 57%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 91%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 68%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons Democratic 85%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio Republican 17%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 26%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch Republican 4%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 89%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran Republican 28%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 17%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul Republican 9%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 45%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 67%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 72%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 28%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 27%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 55%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 20%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 38%
NH U.S. Senate - Sr Jeanne Shaheen Democratic 80%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 83%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 79%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 29%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 15%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 68%
OR U.S. Senate - Jr Jeff Merkley Democratic 69%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 64%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 7%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 85%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 79%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 19%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 6%
UT U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Lee Republican 10%
VA U.S. Senate - Sr Mark Warner Democratic 58%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 77%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 71%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 89%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 85%
WI U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Johnson Republican 8%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 48%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr John Barrasso Republican 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Lamar Alexander 34%
Kelly Ayotte 31%
Max Baucus 56%
Mark Begich 64%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
Barbara Boxer 87%
Scott Brown 46%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Dan Coats 28%
Thomas Coburn 15%
Thad Cochran 32%
Kent Conrad 68%
Robert Corker 30%
James DeMint 7%
Mike Enzi 12%
Al Franken 89%
Kay Hagan 55%
Tom Harkin 83%
Orrin Hatch 13%
Dean Heller 39%
Kay Hutchison 28%
Daniel Inouye 76%
Johnny Isakson 19%
Mike Johanns 31%
Timothy Johnson 79%
John Kerry 71%
Herb Kohl 70%
Jon Kyl 17%
Mary Landrieu 56%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
Carl Levin 77%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Dick Lugar 41%
John McCain III 27%
Claire McCaskill 63%
Barbara Mikulski 82%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 75%
Ben Nelson 51%
Mark Pryor 52%
Harry Reid 88%
Pat Roberts 26%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Jeff Sessions III 19%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Mark Udall 66%
Tom Udall 91%
David Vitter 15%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 43%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 24%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 76%
CO U.S. Senate - Sr Michael Bennet D 57%
CT U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Blumenthal D 91%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 68%
DE U.S. Senate - Jr Chris Coons D 85%
FL U.S. Senate - Sr Marco Rubio R 17%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 26%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 13%
ID U.S. Senate - Jr James Risch R 4%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 89%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Jerry Moran R 28%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 17%
KY U.S. Senate - Jr Rand Paul R 9%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 88%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 45%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 67%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 72%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 28%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 27%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 55%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 20%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven R 38%
NH U.S. Senate - Sr Jeanne Shaheen D 80%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 83%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 79%
NY U.S. Senate - Jr Kirsten Gillibrand D 85%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 88%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 29%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 15%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 68%
OR U.S. Senate - Jr Jeff Merkley D 69%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 64%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 7%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 85%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 79%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 29%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 19%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 6%
UT U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Lee R 10%
VA U.S. Senate - Sr Mark Warner D 58%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 77%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 71%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 89%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 85%
WI U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Johnson R 8%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III D 48%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr John Barrasso R 17%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 79%
Lamar Alexander 34%
Kelly Ayotte 31%
Max Baucus 56%
Mark Begich 64%
Jeff Bingaman 75%
Barbara Boxer 87%
Scott Brown 46%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Dan Coats 28%
Thomas Coburn 15%
Thad Cochran 32%
Kent Conrad 68%
Robert Corker 30%
James DeMint 7%
Mike Enzi 12%
Al Franken 89%
Kay Hagan 55%
Tom Harkin 83%
Orrin Hatch 13%
Dean Heller 39%
Kay Hutchison 28%
Daniel Inouye 76%
Johnny Isakson 19%
Mike Johanns 31%
Timothy Johnson 79%
John Kerry 71%
Herb Kohl 70%
Jon Kyl 17%
Mary Landrieu 56%
Frank Lautenberg 88%
Carl Levin 77%
Joe Lieberman 54%
Dick Lugar 41%
John McCain III 27%
Claire McCaskill 63%
Barbara Mikulski 82%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 75%
Ben Nelson 51%
Mark Pryor 52%
Harry Reid 88%
Pat Roberts 26%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Jeff Sessions III 19%
Olympia Snowe 43%
Mark Udall 66%
Tom Udall 91%
David Vitter 15%
Jim Webb, Jr. 63%
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