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PROGRESSIVE SCORE Progressive Score
Rank Member of Congress Party State Crucial Votes % Overall %
 Updated 2017
State Tilt
vs. State Tilt
Lifetime 2017-18 Lifetime 2017-18 % Rating
1TIE Baldwin, Tammy D WI 96.23 100.00 97.34 98.82 Swing + 19.56 rank 5
1TIE Durbin, Dick D IL 95.28 100.00 96.03 95.18 Strong Dem + 11.95 rank 5
1TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 95.02 100.00 97.88 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.69 rank 5
1TIE Harris, Kamala D CA 100.00 100.00 98.82 98.82 Strong Dem + 16.67 rank 5
1TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 95.03 100.00 97.65 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.70 rank 5
1TIE Van Hollen, Chris D MD 100.00 100.00 96.47 96.47 Strong Dem + 16.67 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 97.64 100.00 99.19 100.00 Strong Dem + 14.31 rank 5
8TIE Booker, Cory D NJ 96.51 97.87 98.16 98.82 Strong Dem + 13.18 rank 5
8TIE Franken, Al D MN 95.77 97.87 97.40 94.12 Swing + 19.10 rank 5
8TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.71 97.87 97.80 95.29 Strong Dem + 13.38 rank 5
8TIE Markey, Ed D MA 97.77 97.87 99.05 98.82 Strong Dem + 14.44 rank 5
8TIE Murray, Patty D WA 87.33 97.87 91.94 95.29 Strong Dem + 4.00 rank 5
8TIE Sanders, Bernie I VT 95.20 97.87 96.91 98.81 Strong Dem + 11.87 rank 5
8TIE Schumer, Chuck D NY 90.89 97.87 94.27 95.29 Strong Dem + 7.56 rank 5
8TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 93.72 97.87 96.72 94.12 Strong Dem + 10.39 rank 5
16 Blumenthal, Richard D CT 92.62 97.83 96.20 95.24 Strong Dem + 9.29 rank 5
17TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 85.32 95.74 91.86 92.94 Strong Dem + 1.99 rank 5
17TIE Leahy, Pat D VT 90.09 95.74 93.64 94.12 Strong Dem + 6.76 rank 5
17TIE Peters, Gary D MI 86.92 95.74 90.02 92.86 Swing + 10.25 rank 5
17TIE Reed, Jack D RI 95.96 95.74 96.96 92.94 Strong Dem + 12.63 rank 5
17TIE Wyden, Ron D OR 85.67 95.74 91.15 96.47 Strong Dem + 2.34 rank 5
22TIE Cardin, Ben D MD 93.46 93.62 96.93 91.76 Strong Dem + 10.13 rank 5
22TIE Casey, Bob D PA 84.47 93.62 92.75 91.76 Swing + 7.80 rank 5
22TIE Duckworth, Tammy D IL 93.62 93.62 95.29 95.29 Strong Dem + 10.29 rank 5
22TIE Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 86.89 93.62 92.71 91.76 Swing + 10.22 rank 5
26TIE Heinrich, Martin D NM 87.26 93.48 94.55 91.67 Leaning Dem + 7.26 rank 5
26TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 90.57 93.48 95.82 92.86 Strong Dem + 7.24 rank 5
28TIE Brown, Sherrod D OH 95.69 91.49 98.08 90.59 Leaning Rep + 22.36 rank 5
28TIE Hassan, Maggie D NH 91.49 91.49 90.59 90.59 Swing + 14.82 rank 5
28TIE Klobuchar, Amy D MN 82.04 91.49 90.76 90.59 Swing + 5.37 rank 5
28TIE Schatz, Brian D HI 92.17 91.49 95.78 90.59 Strong Dem + 8.84 rank 5
28TIE Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 83.84 91.49 92.78 90.59 Swing + 7.17 rank 5
28TIE Udall, Tom D NM 91.18 91.49 96.76 92.94 Leaning Dem + 11.18 rank 5
34 Menendez, Bob D NJ 92.01 89.36 96.11 88.24 Strong Dem + 8.68 rank 5
35TIE Bennet, Michael D CO 74.62 87.23 88.94 88.24 Leaning Dem - 5.38 rank 5
35TIE Kaine, Tim D VA 73.58 87.23 90.30 88.24 Leaning Dem - 6.42 rank 5
35TIE Nelson, Bill D FL 77.11 87.23 86.69 88.24 Leaning Rep + 3.78 rank 5
38 Carper, Tom D DE 71.00 85.11 83.89 86.59 Strong Dem - 12.33 rank 5
39 Cortez Masto, Catherine D NV 82.98 82.98 85.88 85.88 Swing + 6.31 rank 5
40 Feinstein, Dianne D CA 78.19 82.61 87.02 81.54 Strong Dem - 5.14 rank 5
41 Coons, Chris D DE 83.24 82.22 93.15 84.62 Strong Dem - 0.09 rank 5
42 McCaskill, Claire D MO 68.42 78.72 80.74 82.14 Strong Rep - 1.58 rank 5
43 Tester, Jon D MT 75.00 74.47 87.60 82.35 Strong Rep + 5.00 rank 5
44 Warner, Mark D VA 70.04 70.21 87.76 77.38 Leaning Dem - 9.96 rank 5
45 Donnelly, Joe D IN 62.56 69.57 79.28 72.29 Strong Rep - 7.44 rank 5
46TIE Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 58.22 63.83 78.62 65.88 Strong Rep - 11.78 rank 5
46TIE King, Angus I ME 67.14 63.83 85.66 69.41 Swing - 9.53 rank 5
48 Manchin, Joe D WV 57.60 59.57 71.71 62.35 Strong Rep - 12.40 rank 5
49 Paul, Rand R KY 14.33 8.51 11.32 9.41 Strong Rep - 55.67 rank 5
50 Collins, Susan R ME 27.53 6.38 38.64 14.12 Swing - 49.14 rank 5
51 McCain, John R AZ 12.01 4.35 12.91 2.41 Leaning Rep - 61.32 rank 5
52 Murkowski, Lisa R AK 10.13 4.26 25.12 2.35 Strong Rep - 59.87 rank 5
53TIE Boozman, John R AR 2.12 2.13 5.91 2.35 Strong Rep - 67.88 rank 5
53TIE Cruz, Ted R TX 9.00 2.13 6.11 2.38 Strong Rep - 61.00 rank 5
53TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 4.27 2.13 14.57 1.18 Leaning Rep - 69.06 rank 5
53TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.55 2.13 8.12 3.53 Strong Rep - 64.45 rank 5
53TIE Heller, Dean R NV 18.71 2.13 18.21 9.41 Swing - 57.96 rank 5
53TIE Kennedy, John R LA 2.13 2.13 2.35 2.35 Strong Rep - 67.87 rank 5
53TIE Lee, Mike R UT 10.74 2.13 7.95 2.35 Strong Rep - 59.26 rank 5
53TIE Portman, Rob R OH 7.21 2.13 13.32 3.53 Leaning Rep - 66.12 rank 5
53TIE Thune, John R SD 3.75 2.13 5.89 1.18 Strong Rep - 66.25 rank 5
62TIE Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.54 0.00 12.92 1.22 Strong Rep - 67.46 rank 5
62TIE Barrasso, John R WY 1.18 0.00 3.09 1.19 Strong Rep - 68.82 rank 5
62TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 4.86 0.00 10.60 1.19 Strong Rep - 65.14 rank 5
62TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.53 0.00 5.14 0.00 Leaning Rep - 70.80 rank 5
62TIE Capito, Shelley R WV 3.88 0.00 11.59 2.35 Strong Rep - 66.12 rank 5
62TIE Cassidy, Bill R LA 3.15 0.00 5.10 0.00 Strong Rep - 66.85 rank 5
62TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.45 0.00 11.04 1.18 Strong Rep - 66.55 rank 5
62TIE Corker, Bob R TN 2.90 0.00 11.73 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.10 rank 5
62TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.42 0.00 3.73 1.18 Strong Rep - 68.58 rank 5
62TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 1.56 0.00 3.18 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.44 rank 5
62TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 2.00 0.00 3.98 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.00 rank 5
62TIE Daines, Steve R MT 8.46 0.00 6.27 0.00 Strong Rep - 61.54 rank 5
62TIE Enzi, Mike R WY 1.97 0.00 3.65 1.18 Strong Rep - 68.03 rank 5
62TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 2.31 0.00 3.86 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.69 rank 5
62TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.47 0.00 2.77 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.53 rank 5
62TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 6.92 0.00 9.27 0.00 Leaning Dem - 73.08 rank 5
62TIE Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.41 0.00 10.79 0.00 Strong Rep - 64.59 rank 5
62TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 2.97 0.00 8.00 2.35 Strong Rep - 67.03 rank 5
62TIE Hoeven, John R ND 4.55 0.00 11.75 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.45 rank 5
62TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.76 0.00 3.11 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.24 rank 5
62TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.46 0.00 6.94 1.39 Leaning Rep - 71.87 rank 5
62TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 1.20 0.00 3.81 0.00 Swing - 75.47 rank 5
62TIE Lankford, James R OK 3.85 0.00 5.54 0.00 Strong Rep - 66.15 rank 5
62TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.86 0.00 4.64 1.18 Strong Rep - 68.14 rank 5
62TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 4.94 0.00 7.69 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.06 rank 5
62TIE Perdue, David R GA 1.54 0.00 5.12 1.18 Leaning Rep - 71.79 rank 5
62TIE Risch, James R ID 1.08 0.00 2.77 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.92 rank 5
62TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.37 0.00 5.92 1.18 Strong Rep - 68.63 rank 5
62TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 2.31 0.00 8.19 1.18 Strong Rep - 67.69 rank 5
62TIE Rubio, Marco R FL 2.26 0.00 6.74 0.00 Leaning Rep - 71.07 rank 5
62TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 4.62 0.00 5.80 1.18 Strong Rep - 65.38 rank 5
62TIE Scott, Tim R SC 0.95 0.00 2.95 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.05 rank 5
62TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 7.25 0.00 11.26 1.18 Strong Rep - 62.75 rank 5
62TIE Strange, Luther R AL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
62TIE Sullivan, Dan R AK 6.25 0.00 6.37 0.00 Strong Rep - 63.75 rank 5
62TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 0.77 0.00 6.34 0.00 Leaning Rep - 72.56 rank 5
62TIE Toomey, Pat R PA 3.63 0.00 6.19 0.00 Swing - 73.04 rank 5
62TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.29 0.00 8.93 1.18 Strong Rep - 67.71 rank 5
62TIE Young, Todd R IN 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5

State Tilt

We've assessed the State or District Tilt of each political jurisdiction as indicated below. The assessments are based on what could reasonably be expected to happen in an open seat (no incumbent running) race where no scandal was attached to either candidate. The odds calculations are based on a moderately liberal Democrat's chances of winning [NOT a conservative Democrat] in that State or District against a Republican candidate.

Strong Democratic District = 80-100% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Leaning Democratic District = 60-80% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Marginal = 40-60% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Leaning Republican = 20-40% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Strong Republican = 0-20% chance moderately liberal Democrat wins open seat general election.

Progressive Score vs. State Tilt

The “%” and “Rating” columns underneath the “Progressive Score vs. State Tilt” are two different ways of measuring the same thing. They both measure how naughty or nice a member of Congress' voting record has been relative to how hospitable his/her state is to a moderate to liberal Democrat. We're grading on a curve. An A in the “Rating” column indicates members of Congress who are doing the best in terms of voting MORE progressively than could necessarily be expected given their states. Those with an F rating are performing the worst in relation to their states.

We do this in a 3 step process:

  1. We start with Progressive Punch's Lifetime Crucial Votes score for each member of Congress.

  2. We identify which of five categories of Democratic strength that member of Congress belongs in (Strong Dem/ Leaning Dem/ Swing/ Leaning Rep/ Strong Rep). To see which of those five categories a given member of Congress is in, view the “District Tilt” category for House members & the “State Tilt” column for Senators.

    [Our assessments of the districts & states are just that, assessments of the districts & states themselves NOT at all how politically comfortable or weak the given member of Congress is in his or her district.]

    For each one of the five categories, there is a minimum percentage that we consider acceptable using the Progressive Punch Lifetime Crucial Votes scores. The percentages that we consider acceptable are:

    Strong Dem83.33 (B)
    Leaning Dem80.00 (B-)
    Swing76.67 (C+)
    Leaning Rep73.33 (C)
    Strong Rep.70.00 (C-)
  3. We then subtract the minimum acceptable percentages listed above in number 2 from that member's Actual Lifetime Crucial Votes percentage. And that's how we come up with the percentage numbers under the “%” underneath the Progressive Score vs. State Tilt column.

    So for example, as of 3/10/15 in the US House Mark Pocan of Wisconsin's 2nd district had a Lifetime Crucial Votes score of 99.15%, best of all returning (non-freshman) members. We have him in a Strong Democratic district. The minimum acceptable Lifetime Crucial Votes score for a Strong Democratic district we have as 83.33%. Subtract 83.33% (minimum desired) from 99.15% (actual) and you get 15.82% which puts him in first place among all Democrats in the House and in fact among all House members in general. So Representative Pocan is the best example of Nice!

    Conversely Kyrsten Sinema (Dem – Arizona 9) has a Lifetime Crucial Votes Score of 36.86%. We have her in a Swing district where the minimum Lifetime Crucial Votes score to be acceptable is 76.67%. Subtract 76.67% (minimum desired) from 36.86% (actual) and you get -39.81%. In other words Sinema is failing, and by a lot.

The “Rating” column with the A – F stars in it is a quick and dirty graphic indication of how well a member is performing in terms of voting record compared to their district.

+6.67% and above except for Strong Dem States and Districts where it's +8.17%= 5 stars (we'd say go out and work for these people)

+3.33% to +6.66% = 4 stars (worthy of support)

Zero to +3.32% = 3 stars (acceptable)

-3.33% to Zero = 2 stars (tolerable)

< -3.33% = 1 star (intolerable, although “intolerable” members from Strong Republican districts probably aren't worth fighting with)