Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Tax Rate Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House - 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 53%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 45%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 33%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 68%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 44%
VA U.S. Senate - Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 53%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 56%
Haley Barbour 53%
Mike Beebe 53%
Rod Blagojevich 53%
Matthew Blunt 53%
Phil Bredesen 50%
Don Carcieri 62%
Jon Corzine 34%
Chet Culver 45%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 32%
Jim Douglas 43%
Jim Doyle III 45%
Michael Easley 55%
Dave Freudenthal 49%
Jim Gibbons 53%
Chris Gregoire 48%
Dave Heineman 53%
Brad Henry 58%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 71%
Ted Kulongoski 54%
Linda Lingle 48%
John Lynch 49%
Ruth Minner 46%
Janet Napolitano 51%
Martin O'Malley 2%
Butch Otter 53%
Deval Patrick 45%
Tim Pawlenty 47%
Sonny Perdue 51%
Rick Perry 45%
Jodi Rell 49%
Ed Rendell 48%
Bill Richardson 64%
Bob Riley 51%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 53%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 45%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 53%
Brian Schweitzer 53%
Kathleen Sebelius 46%
Ted Strickland 56%