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2007-2008 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski Republican 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 38%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 43%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 44%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 45%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 48%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 60%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 72%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 58%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar Democratic 44%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 59%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 23%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 44%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 32%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 48%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 46%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 43%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 46%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 43%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic 23%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 71%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune Republican 27%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 50%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn Republican 34%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 32%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 32%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 71%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 52%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi Republican 39%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso Republican 57%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 46%
Wayne Allard 24%
Max Baucus 54%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Bennett 55%
Joe Biden, Jr. 67%
Jeff Bingaman 62%
Kit Bond 29%
Barbara Boxer 37%
Sam Brownback 53%
Jim Bunning 40%
Robert Byrd 48%
Saxby Chambliss 36%
Hillary Clinton 14%
Thomas Coburn 61%
Thad Cochran 71%
Norm Coleman 75%
Kent Conrad 45%
Robert Corker 34%
Larry Craig 53%
James DeMint 43%
Chris Dodd 48%
Elizabeth Dole 77%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 51%
Byron Dorgan 46%
John Ensign 45%
Russ Feingold 44%
Judd Gregg 66%
Charles Hagel 55%
Tom Harkin 66%
Orrin Hatch 48%
Kay Hutchison 26%
Daniel Inouye 38%
Johnny Isakson 57%
Timothy Johnson 47%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 49%
John Kerry 48%
Herb Kohl 21%
Jon Kyl 56%
Mary Landrieu 36%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
Carl Levin 60%
Joe Lieberman 79%
Blanche Lincoln 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 83%
Dick Lugar 47%
Melquiades Martinez 61%
John McCain III 43%
Claire McCaskill 24%
Barbara Mikulski 45%
Ben Nelson 51%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 34%
Barack Obama II 57%
Mark Pryor 48%
Jay Rockefeller IV 58%
Ken Salazar 32%
Jeff Sessions III 20%
Gordon Smith 86%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Arlen Specter 47%
Ted Stevens 47%
John Sununu 34%
David Vitter 59%
George Voinovich 75%
John Warner 53%
Jim Webb, Jr. 26%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. Senate - Sr Lisa Murkowski R 35%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 100%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 38%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 43%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 44%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 0%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 45%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 48%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 60%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 72%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 58%
MN U.S. Senate - Sr Amy Klobuchar D 44%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 59%
MT U.S. Senate - Sr Jon Tester D 50%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 23%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 44%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 32%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 48%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 46%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 43%
PA U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Casey, Jr. D 46%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 43%
RI U.S. Senate - Jr Sheldon Whitehouse D 23%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 71%
SD U.S. Senate - Sr John Thune R 27%
TN U.S. Senate - Sr Lamar Alexander R 50%
TX U.S. Senate - Sr John Cornyn R 34%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 32%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 32%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 71%
WA U.S. Senate - Jr Maria Cantwell D 52%
WY U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Enzi R 39%
WY U.S. Senate - Jr John Barrasso R 57%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 46%
Wayne Allard 24%
Max Baucus 54%
Evan Bayh 32%
Bob Bennett 55%
Joe Biden, Jr. 67%
Jeff Bingaman 62%
Kit Bond 29%
Barbara Boxer 37%
Sam Brownback 53%
Jim Bunning 40%
Robert Byrd 48%
Saxby Chambliss 36%
Hillary Clinton 14%
Thomas Coburn 61%
Thad Cochran 71%
Norm Coleman 75%
Kent Conrad 45%
Robert Corker 34%
Larry Craig 53%
James DeMint 43%
Chris Dodd 48%
Elizabeth Dole 77%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 51%
Byron Dorgan 46%
John Ensign 45%
Russ Feingold 44%
Judd Gregg 66%
Charles Hagel 55%
Tom Harkin 66%
Orrin Hatch 48%
Kay Hutchison 26%
Daniel Inouye 38%
Johnny Isakson 57%
Timothy Johnson 47%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 49%
John Kerry 48%
Herb Kohl 21%
Jon Kyl 56%
Mary Landrieu 36%
Frank Lautenberg 58%
Carl Levin 60%
Joe Lieberman 79%
Blanche Lincoln 45%
Trent Lott, Sr. 83%
Dick Lugar 47%
Melquiades Martinez 61%
John McCain III 43%
Claire McCaskill 24%
Barbara Mikulski 45%
Ben Nelson 51%
Bill Nelson, Sr. 34%
Barack Obama II 57%
Mark Pryor 48%
Jay Rockefeller IV 58%
Ken Salazar 32%
Jeff Sessions III 20%
Gordon Smith 86%
Olympia Snowe 78%
Arlen Specter 47%
Ted Stevens 47%
John Sununu 34%
David Vitter 59%
George Voinovich 75%
John Warner 53%
Jim Webb, Jr. 26%
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