Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House - 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 100%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 75%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 25%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 50%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 50%
VA U.S. Senate - Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 25%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 100%
Haley Barbour 25%
Mike Beebe 50%
Rod Blagojevich 0%
Matthew Blunt 75%
Phil Bredesen 75%
Don Carcieri 75%
Jon Corzine 0%
Chet Culver 0%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 75%
Jim Douglas 25%
Jim Doyle III 25%
Michael Easley 50%
Dave Freudenthal 25%
Jim Gibbons 75%
Chris Gregoire 25%
Dave Heineman 75%
Brad Henry 75%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 75%
Ted Kulongoski 0%
Linda Lingle 50%
John Lynch 25%
Ruth Minner 25%
Janet Napolitano 50%
Martin O'Malley 0%
Butch Otter 0%
Deval Patrick 50%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Sonny Perdue 75%
Rick Perry 75%
Jodi Rell 0%
Ed Rendell 25%
Bill Richardson 75%
Bob Riley 0%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 25%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 100%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 50%
Brian Schweitzer 25%
Kathleen Sebelius 25%
Ted Strickland 75%
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