Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2018 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 53%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 54%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper Democratic 45%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 44%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott Republican 56%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 35%
IN Governor Eric Holcomb Republican 46%
LA Governor John Bel Edwards Democratic 37%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 47%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 54%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 48%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III Democratic 39%
ND Governor Doug Burgum Republican 68%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 62%
NH Governor Chris Sununu Republican 56%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 37%
SC Governor Henry McMaster Republican 69%
TX Governor Greg Abbott Republican 65%
VT Governor Phil Scott Republican 56%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 23%
WV Governor Jim Justice, Jr. Republican 35%
Matt Bevin 49%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 41%
Phil Bryant 62%
Steve Bullock 54%
Andrew Cuomo 49%
Dennis Daugaard 35%
Mark Dayton 41%
Nathan Deal 59%
Mary Fallin 45%
Bill Haslam 46%
Gary Herbert 53%
John Kasich 62%
Paul LePage 67%
Dan Malloy 48%
Susana Martinez 73%
Matt Mead 61%
Butch Otter 56%
Bruce Rauner 59%
Brian Sandoval 47%
Rick Snyder 55%
Scott Walker 49%
State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 53%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey R 54%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper D 45%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. D 44%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott R 56%
HI Governor David Ige D 35%
IN Governor Eric Holcomb R 46%
LA Governor John Bel Edwards D 37%
MA Governor Charlie Baker R 47%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. R 54%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 48%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III D 39%
ND Governor Doug Burgum R 68%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts R 62%
NH Governor Chris Sununu R 56%
OR Governor Kate Brown D 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf D 37%
SC Governor Henry McMaster R 69%
TX Governor Greg Abbott R 65%
VT Governor Phil Scott R 56%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 23%
WV Governor Jim Justice, Jr. R 35%
Matt Bevin 49%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 41%
Phil Bryant 62%
Steve Bullock 54%
Andrew Cuomo 49%
Dennis Daugaard 35%
Mark Dayton 41%
Nathan Deal 59%
Mary Fallin 45%
Bill Haslam 46%
Gary Herbert 53%
John Kasich 62%
Paul LePage 67%
Dan Malloy 48%
Susana Martinez 73%
Matt Mead 61%
Butch Otter 56%
Bruce Rauner 59%
Brian Sandoval 47%
Rick Snyder 55%
Scott Walker 49%
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