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The National Journal has released liberal/conservative ratings of 99 Senators who were in the 109th Congress (Jay Rockefeller is not rated since he missed some key votes). The ratings are relative to other senators, rather than being absolute. Thus Richard Durbin's 95% rating does NOT mean he voted yes on 95% of the "liberal" bills. It means he was to the left of 95% of the other senators on the average. It is like the percentile rankings on the SAT test. A score of 95% does not mean you got 95% of the questions right. It means you did better than 95% of the other students. Below are the composite rankings of the senators up for reelection in 2008. Note that philosophy and party align perfectly. Even the most conservative Democrat, Mary Landrieu (D-LA), is more liberal than the most liberal Republican, Susan Collins (R-ME).
This page is the prototype for 2008. The data and map will refer to previous elections until serious polls begin in 2008. The blog will be updated when there is interesting news about the 2008 races.Preview of the 2008 races: President Senate House
This map shows the current governors. Put your mouse on a state for more information.
This map shows the current Senate. Put your mouse on a state for more information.
This map shows the current House. Put your mouse on a state for more information.
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