Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2016 Spending Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 54%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 92%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper Democratic 35%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott Republican 71%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 10%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 41%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 49%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 54%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 52%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan Democratic 40%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 28%
TX Governor Greg Abbott Republican 44%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 29%
Robert Bentley 43%
Terry Branstad 28%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 22%
Sam Brownback 68%
Phil Bryant 50%
Steve Bullock 62%
Chris Christie 57%
Andrew Cuomo 32%
Jack Dalrymple 47%
Dennis Daugaard 67%
Mark Dayton 49%
Nathan Deal 40%
Mary Fallin 100%
Nikki Haley 32%
Bill Haslam 56%
Gary Herbert 30%
John Kasich 40%
Paul LePage 60%
Dan Malloy 53%
Jack Markell 55%
Susana Martinez 57%
Terry McAuliffe 44%
Patrick McCrory 69%
Matt Mead 85%
Jay Nixon 36%
Butch Otter 38%
Mike Pence 60%
Bruce Rauner 79%
Brian Sandoval 54%
Peter Shumlin 38%
Rick Snyder 52%
Earl Tomblin 66%
Scott Walker 44%
State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 54%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey R 92%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper D 35%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott R 71%
HI Governor David Ige D 10%
MA Governor Charlie Baker R 41%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. R 49%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 54%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts R 52%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan D 40%
OR Governor Kate Brown D 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf D 28%
TX Governor Greg Abbott R 44%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 29%
Robert Bentley 43%
Terry Branstad 28%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 22%
Sam Brownback 68%
Phil Bryant 50%
Steve Bullock 62%
Chris Christie 57%
Andrew Cuomo 32%
Jack Dalrymple 47%
Dennis Daugaard 67%
Mark Dayton 49%
Nathan Deal 40%
Mary Fallin 100%
Nikki Haley 32%
Bill Haslam 56%
Gary Herbert 30%
John Kasich 40%
Paul LePage 60%
Dan Malloy 53%
Jack Markell 55%
Susana Martinez 57%
Terry McAuliffe 44%
Patrick McCrory 69%
Matt Mead 85%
Jay Nixon 36%
Butch Otter 38%
Mike Pence 60%
Bruce Rauner 79%
Brian Sandoval 54%
Peter Shumlin 38%
Rick Snyder 52%
Earl Tomblin 66%
Scott Walker 44%
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