Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House - 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 49%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 55%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 53%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 51%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 53%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 66%
Haley Barbour 53%
Mike Beebe 47%
Steve Beshear 54%
Phil Bredesen 53%
Jan Brewer 40%
Don Carcieri 62%
Chet Culver 47%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 56%
Jim Douglas 56%
Jim Doyle III 35%
Dave Freudenthal 63%
Jim Gibbons 61%
Chris Gregoire 39%
Dave Heineman 51%
Brad Henry 62%
Bobby Jindal 71%
Ted Kulongoski 19%
Linda Lingle 51%
John Lynch 41%
Jack Markell 47%
Jay Nixon 59%
Martin O'Malley 55%
Butch Otter 58%
David Paterson 25%
Deval Patrick 43%
Tim Pawlenty 66%
Bev Perdue 40%
Sonny Perdue 60%
Rick Perry 61%
Pat Quinn 30%
Jodi Rell 28%
Ed Rendell 40%
Bill Richardson 57%
Bob Riley 61%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 35%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 74%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 47%
Brian Schweitzer 61%
Ted Strickland 49%
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