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State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young Republican 33%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby Republican 18%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 17%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman Republican 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 45%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 50%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 67%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert Republican 33%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 83%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis Democratic 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Democratic 83%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 67%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 83%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 17%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson Democratic 50%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper Democratic 18%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 50%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 17%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo Republican 18%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson Republican 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 9%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 67%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus Republican 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts Republican 18%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran Republican 17%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. Republican 27%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers Republican 17%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey Democratic 83%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal Democratic 50%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 67%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin Democratic 67%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 33%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins Republican 36%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 27%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton Republican 17%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum Democratic 67%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt Republican 17%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 33%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves Republican 17%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker Republican 17%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 33%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr Republican 17%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 50%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith Republican 17%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 67%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall Democratic 67%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 55%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King Republican 17%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano Democratic 50%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 67%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman Republican 33%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot Republican 33%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur Democratic 50%
OH Governor Mike DeWine Republican 27%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 18%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas Republican 17%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 36%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden Republican 17%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 83%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey Republican 33%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed Democratic 45%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 17%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. Republican 17%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady Republican 33%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger Republican 17%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 17%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 67%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 33%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 83%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 33%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 67%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray Democratic 9%
State Office Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House - At-Large Donald Young R 33%
AL U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Shelby R 18%
AL U.S. House - 4 Robert Aderholt R 17%
AR U.S. Senate - Sr John Boozman R 17%
CA U.S. Senate - Sr Dianne Feinstein D 45%
CA U.S. House - 5 Mike Thompson D 50%
CA U.S. House - 12 Nancy Pelosi D 83%
CA U.S. House - 13 Barbara Lee D 83%
CA U.S. House - 18 Anna Eshoo D 83%
CA U.S. House - 19 Zoe Lofgren D 83%
CA U.S. House - 28 Adam Schiff D 67%
CA U.S. House - 30 Brad Sherman D 83%
CA U.S. House - 32 Grace Napolitano D 50%
CA U.S. House - 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard D 67%
CA U.S. House - 42 Ken Calvert R 33%
CA U.S. House - 43 Maxine Waters D 83%
CA U.S. House - 53 Susan Davis D 83%
CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra D 83%
CA Supervisor - 1 Hilda Solis 67%
CO U.S. House - 1 Diana DeGette D 83%
CO Commissioner - 2 Scott McInnis 17%
CT U.S. House - 1 John Larson D 50%
CT U.S. House - 3 Rosa DeLauro D 50%
DE U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Carper D 18%
FL U.S. House - 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. D 50%
GA U.S. House - 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. D 17%
IA U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Grassley R 36%
ID U.S. Senate - Sr Mike Crapo R 18%
ID U.S. House - 2 Mike Simpson R 17%
IL U.S. Senate - Sr Dick Durbin D 9%
IL U.S. House - 1 Bobby Rush D 50%
IL U.S. House - 7 Danny Davis D 67%
IL U.S. House - 9 Jan Schakowsky D 67%
IL U.S. House - 15 John Shimkus R 17%
IN U.S. House - 1 Pete Visclosky D 33%
KS U.S. Senate - Sr Pat Roberts R 18%
KS U.S. Senate - Jr Jerry Moran R 17%
KY U.S. Senate - Sr Mitch McConnell, Jr. R 27%
KY U.S. House - 5 Hal Rogers R 17%
MA U.S. Senate - Jr Ed Markey D 83%
MA U.S. House - 1 Richard Neal D 50%
MA U.S. House - 2 Jim McGovern D 67%
MA U.S. House - 8 Stephen Lynch D 67%
MD U.S. Senate - Sr Ben Cardin D 67%
MD U.S. House - 5 Steny Hoyer D 33%
ME U.S. Senate - Sr Susan Collins R 36%
MI U.S. Senate - Sr Debbie Stabenow D 27%
MI U.S. House - 6 Fred Upton R 17%
MN U.S. House - 4 Betty McCollum D 67%
MN U.S. House - 7 Collin Peterson D 0%
MO U.S. Senate - Sr Roy Blunt R 17%
MO U.S. House - 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. D 33%
MO U.S. House - 6 Sam Graves R 17%
MS U.S. Senate - Sr Roger Wicker R 17%
MS U.S. House - 2 Bennie Thompson D 33%
NA Vice President Mike Pence R 17%
NC U.S. Senate - Sr Richard Burr R 17%
NC U.S. House - 4 David Price D 50%
NJ U.S. Senate - Sr Bob Menendez D 50%
NJ U.S. House - 4 Chris Smith R 17%
NJ U.S. House - 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. D 67%
NJ U.S. House - 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. D 33%
NM U.S. Senate - Sr Tom Udall D 67%
NY U.S. Senate - Sr Chuck Schumer D 55%
NY U.S. House - 2 Pete King R 17%
NY U.S. House - 5 Gregory Meeks D 67%
NY U.S. House - 7 Nydia Velázquez D 67%
NY U.S. House - 10 Jerry Nadler D 50%
NY U.S. House - 12 Carolyn Maloney D 67%
NY U.S. House - 15 José Serrano D 50%
NY U.S. House - 16 Eliot Engel D 67%
NY U.S. House - 17 Nita Lowey D 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Sr Sherrod Brown D 67%
OH U.S. Senate - Jr Rob Portman R 33%
OH U.S. House - 1 Steve Chabot R 33%
OH U.S. House - 9 Marcia Kaptur D 50%
OH Governor Mike DeWine R 27%
OK U.S. Senate - Sr Jim Inhofe R 18%
OK U.S. House - 3 Frank Lucas R 17%
OR U.S. Senate - Sr Ron Wyden D 36%
OR U.S. House - 2 Greg Walden R 17%
OR U.S. House - 3 Earl Blumenauer D 83%
OR U.S. House - 4 Peter DeFazio D 100%
PA U.S. Senate - Jr Pat Toomey R 33%
PA U.S. House - 18 Mike Doyle, Jr. D 50%
RI U.S. Senate - Sr Jack Reed D 45%
RI U.S. House - 2 Jim Langevin D 67%
SC U.S. Senate - Sr Lindsey Graham R 17%
SC U.S. House - 2 Joe Wilson, Sr. R 17%
SC U.S. House - 6 Jim Clyburn D 50%
TX U.S. House - 8 Kevin Brady R 33%
TX U.S. House - 12 Kay Granger R 17%
TX U.S. House - 13 Mac Thornberry R 17%
TX U.S. House - 18 Sheila Jackson Lee D 67%
TX U.S. House - 30 Eddie Johnson D 33%
TX U.S. House - 35 Lloyd Doggett II D 83%
VA U.S. House - 3 Bobby Scott D 33%
VT U.S. Senate - Sr Patrick Leahy D 36%
VT U.S. Senate - Jr Bernie Sanders I 67%
WA U.S. Senate - Sr Patty Murray D 9%
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