Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Spending Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
FL U.S. House - 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 64%
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 66%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 6%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 41%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 58%
Haley Barbour 58%
Mike Beebe 31%
Steve Beshear 45%
Phil Bredesen 57%
Jan Brewer 54%
Don Carcieri 61%
Chet Culver 31%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 25%
Jim Douglas 44%
Jim Doyle III 31%
Dave Freudenthal 72%
Jim Gibbons 55%
Chris Gregoire 20%
Dave Heineman 21%
Brad Henry 79%
Bobby Jindal 74%
Ted Kulongoski 33%
Linda Lingle 43%
John Lynch 34%
Jack Markell 56%
Jay Nixon 55%
Martin O'Malley 46%
Butch Otter 62%
David Paterson 29%
Deval Patrick 59%
Tim Pawlenty 65%
Bev Perdue 45%
Sonny Perdue 67%
Rick Perry 64%
Pat Quinn 33%
Jodi Rell 17%
Ed Rendell 41%
Bill Richardson 57%
Bob Riley 79%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 42%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 96%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 69%
Brian Schweitzer 72%
Ted Strickland 38%
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