Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2016 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 55%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 67%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper Democratic 46%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott Republican 68%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 35%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 52%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 54%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 58%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 57%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan Democratic 50%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 24%
TX Governor Greg Abbott Republican 58%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 28%
Robert Bentley 39%
Terry Branstad 41%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 37%
Sam Brownback 45%
Phil Bryant 59%
Steve Bullock 52%
Chris Christie 55%
Andrew Cuomo 55%
Jack Dalrymple 58%
Dennis Daugaard 33%
Mark Dayton 51%
Nathan Deal 41%
Mary Fallin 64%
Nikki Haley 48%
Bill Haslam 55%
Gary Herbert 41%
John Kasich 61%
Paul LePage 75%
Dan Malloy 35%
Jack Markell 45%
Susana Martinez 60%
Terry McAuliffe 49%
Patrick McCrory 72%
Matt Mead 63%
Jay Nixon 46%
Butch Otter 47%
Mike Pence 66%
Bruce Rauner 61%
Brian Sandoval 32%
Peter Shumlin 38%
Rick Snyder 51%
Earl Tomblin 45%
Scott Walker 52%
State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 55%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey R 67%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper D 46%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott R 68%
HI Governor David Ige D 35%
MA Governor Charlie Baker R 52%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. R 54%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 58%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts R 57%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan D 50%
OR Governor Kate Brown D 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf D 24%
TX Governor Greg Abbott R 58%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 28%
Robert Bentley 39%
Terry Branstad 41%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 37%
Sam Brownback 45%
Phil Bryant 59%
Steve Bullock 52%
Chris Christie 55%
Andrew Cuomo 55%
Jack Dalrymple 58%
Dennis Daugaard 33%
Mark Dayton 51%
Nathan Deal 41%
Mary Fallin 64%
Nikki Haley 48%
Bill Haslam 55%
Gary Herbert 41%
John Kasich 61%
Paul LePage 75%
Dan Malloy 35%
Jack Markell 45%
Susana Martinez 60%
Terry McAuliffe 49%
Patrick McCrory 72%
Matt Mead 63%
Jay Nixon 46%
Butch Otter 47%
Mike Pence 66%
Bruce Rauner 61%
Brian Sandoval 32%
Peter Shumlin 38%
Rick Snyder 51%
Earl Tomblin 45%
Scott Walker 52%
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