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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 95.85 100.00 97.38 100.00 Swing + 19.18 rank 5
1TIE Brown, Sherrod D OH 96.20 100.00 98.40 98.36 Leaning Rep + 22.87 rank 5
1TIE Durbin, Dick D IL 95.23 100.00 96.08 98.31 Strong Dem + 11.90 rank 5
1TIE Gillibrand, Kirsten D NY 94.81 100.00 97.85 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.48 rank 5
1TIE Harris, Kamala D CA 100.00 100.00 98.36 98.36 Strong Dem + 16.67 rank 5
1TIE Merkley, Jeff D OR 94.82 100.00 97.62 100.00 Strong Dem + 11.49 rank 5
1TIE Udall, Tom D NM 91.70 100.00 97.07 100.00 Leaning Dem + 11.70 rank 5
1TIE Van Hollen, Chris D MD 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 Strong Dem + 16.67 rank 5
1TIE Warren, Elizabeth D MA 97.41 100.00 99.16 100.00 Strong Dem + 14.08 rank 5
1TIE Wyden, Ron D OR 85.63 100.00 91.17 100.00 Strong Dem + 2.30 rank 5
11TIE Booker, Cory D NJ 96.08 96.43 98.09 98.36 Strong Dem + 12.75 rank 5
11TIE Cardin, Ben D MD 93.57 96.43 97.14 96.72 Strong Dem + 10.24 rank 5
11TIE Cortez Masto, Catherine D NV 96.43 96.43 96.72 96.72 Swing + 19.76 rank 5
11TIE Duckworth, Tammy D IL 96.43 96.43 98.36 98.36 Strong Dem + 13.10 rank 5
11TIE Franken, Al D MN 95.58 96.43 97.56 96.72 Swing + 18.91 rank 5
11TIE Hirono, Mazie D HI 96.39 96.43 97.98 96.72 Strong Dem + 13.06 rank 5
11TIE Leahy, Pat D VT 90.05 96.43 93.69 98.36 Strong Dem + 6.72 rank 5
11TIE Markey, Ed D MA 97.50 96.43 99.01 98.36 Strong Dem + 14.17 rank 5
11TIE Murray, Patty D WA 87.22 96.43 91.96 98.36 Strong Dem + 3.89 rank 5
11TIE Nelson, Bill D FL 77.16 96.43 86.84 96.72 Leaning Rep + 3.83 rank 5
11TIE Peters, Gary D MI 85.59 96.43 90.46 96.72 Swing + 8.92 rank 5
11TIE Reed, Jack D RI 95.97 96.43 97.04 96.72 Strong Dem + 12.64 rank 5
11TIE Sanders, Bernie I VT 95.06 96.43 96.87 98.33 Strong Dem + 11.73 rank 5
11TIE Schatz, Brian D HI 92.93 96.43 96.38 96.72 Strong Dem + 9.60 rank 5
11TIE Schumer, Chuck D NY 90.77 96.43 94.29 96.72 Strong Dem + 7.44 rank 5
11TIE Stabenow, Debbie Ann D MI 86.85 96.43 92.81 96.72 Swing + 10.18 rank 5
11TIE Whitehouse, Sheldon D RI 93.53 96.43 96.83 96.72 Strong Dem + 10.20 rank 5
28TIE Blumenthal, Richard D CT 92.16 96.30 96.39 98.33 Strong Dem + 8.83 rank 5
28TIE Heinrich, Martin D NM 87.05 96.30 94.99 96.67 Leaning Dem + 7.05 rank 5
28TIE Murphy, Chris D CT 90.67 96.30 96.30 98.33 Strong Dem + 7.34 rank 5
31TIE Bennet, Michael D CO 74.44 92.86 89.20 95.08 Leaning Dem - 5.56 rank 5
31TIE Cantwell, Maria D WA 85.10 92.86 91.90 95.08 Strong Dem + 1.77 rank 5
31TIE Casey, Bob D PA 84.17 92.86 92.86 95.08 Swing + 7.50 rank 5
31TIE Hassan, Maggie D NH 92.86 92.86 95.08 95.08 Swing + 16.19 rank 5
31TIE Kaine, Tim D VA 73.06 92.86 90.87 95.08 Leaning Dem - 6.94 rank 5
31TIE Klobuchar, Amy D MN 81.82 92.86 90.90 95.08 Swing + 5.15 rank 5
31TIE Menendez, Bob D NJ 92.22 92.86 96.34 93.44 Strong Dem + 8.89 rank 5
31TIE Shaheen, Jeanne D NH 83.60 92.86 92.98 95.08 Swing + 6.93 rank 5
39TIE Carper, Tom D DE 70.89 89.29 83.99 93.10 Strong Dem - 12.44 rank 5
39TIE Tester, Jon D MT 75.67 89.29 88.04 95.08 Strong Rep + 5.67 rank 5
41 McCaskill, Claire D MO 68.42 85.71 80.91 88.33 Strong Rep - 1.58 rank 5
42 Coons, Chris D DE 83.49 84.62 93.63 90.74 Strong Dem + 0.16 rank 5
43 Feinstein, Dianne D CA 78.13 81.48 87.08 85.37 Strong Dem - 5.20 rank 5
44TIE Donnelly, Joe D IN 63.21 78.57 80.26 83.33 Strong Rep - 6.79 rank 5
44TIE Warner, Mark D VA 70.57 78.57 88.27 86.67 Leaning Dem - 9.43 rank 5
46 King, Angus I ME 69.07 75.00 87.05 81.97 Swing - 7.60 rank 5
47 Heitkamp, Heidi D ND 58.76 71.43 79.69 75.41 Strong Rep - 11.24 rank 5
48 Manchin, Joe D WV 57.89 64.29 72.34 70.49 Strong Rep - 12.11 rank 5
49 Paul, Rand R KY 15.21 14.29 11.39 9.84 Strong Rep - 54.79 rank 5
50 Collins, Susan R ME 27.86 10.71 38.87 19.67 Swing - 48.81 rank 5
51TIE McCain, John R AZ 12.12 7.14 12.98 3.33 Leaning Rep - 61.21 rank 5
51TIE Murkowski, Lisa R AK 10.32 7.14 25.34 3.28 Strong Rep - 59.68 rank 5
53TIE Boozman, John R AR 2.25 3.57 6.05 3.28 Strong Rep - 67.75 rank 5
53TIE Cruz, Ted R TX 9.94 3.57 6.31 3.33 Strong Rep - 60.06 rank 5
53TIE Flake, Jeff R AZ 4.69 3.57 15.00 1.64 Leaning Rep - 68.64 rank 5
53TIE Grassley, Chuck R IA 5.60 3.57 8.15 4.92 Strong Rep - 64.40 rank 5
53TIE Heller, Dean R NV 19.93 3.57 18.62 13.11 Swing - 56.74 rank 5
53TIE Kennedy, John R LA 3.57 3.57 3.28 3.28 Strong Rep - 66.43 rank 5
53TIE Lee, Mike R UT 11.40 3.57 8.13 3.28 Strong Rep - 58.60 rank 5
53TIE Thune, John R SD 3.84 3.57 5.95 1.64 Strong Rep - 66.16 rank 5
61TIE Alexander, Lamar R TN 2.58 0.00 13.02 1.67 Strong Rep - 67.42 rank 5
61TIE Barrasso, John R WY 1.22 0.00 3.13 1.64 Strong Rep - 68.78 rank 5
61TIE Blunt, Roy R MO 5.16 0.00 10.84 1.67 Strong Rep - 64.84 rank 5
61TIE Burr, Richard R NC 2.59 0.00 5.19 0.00 Leaning Rep - 70.74 rank 5
61TIE Capito, Shelley R WV 4.55 0.00 12.31 3.28 Strong Rep - 65.45 rank 5
61TIE Cassidy, Bill R LA 3.67 0.00 5.40 0.00 Strong Rep - 66.33 rank 5
61TIE Cochran, Thad R MS 3.48 0.00 11.09 1.64 Strong Rep - 66.52 rank 5
61TIE Corker, Bob R TN 2.98 0.00 11.86 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.02 rank 5
61TIE Cornyn, John R TX 1.44 0.00 3.76 1.64 Strong Rep - 68.56 rank 5
61TIE Cotton, Tom R AR 1.83 0.00 3.38 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.17 rank 5
61TIE Crapo, Mike R ID 2.03 0.00 4.01 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.97 rank 5
61TIE Daines, Steve R MT 9.91 0.00 6.65 0.00 Strong Rep - 60.09 rank 5
61TIE Enzi, Mike R WY 1.99 0.00 3.68 1.64 Strong Rep - 68.01 rank 5
61TIE Ernst, Joni R IA 2.70 0.00 4.09 0.00 Strong Rep - 67.30 rank 5
61TIE Fischer, Deb R NE 0.52 0.00 2.85 0.00 Strong Rep - 69.48 rank 5
61TIE Gardner, Cory R CO 8.11 0.00 9.84 0.00 Leaning Dem - 71.89 rank 5
61TIE Graham, Lindsey R SC 5.51 0.00 10.88 0.00 Strong Rep - 64.49 rank 5
61TIE Hatch, Orrin R UT 3.00 0.00 8.04 3.28 Strong Rep - 67.00 rank 5
61TIE Hoeven, John R ND 4.82 0.00 12.01 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.18 rank 5
61TIE Inhofe, Jim R OK 1.78 0.00 3.13 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.22 rank 5
61TIE Isakson, Johnny R GA 1.48 0.00 6.98 1.64 Leaning Rep - 71.85 rank 5
61TIE Johnson, Ron R WI 1.27 0.00 3.89 0.00 Swing - 75.40 rank 5
61TIE Lankford, James R OK 4.50 0.00 5.88 0.00 Strong Rep - 65.50 rank 5
61TIE McConnell, Mitch R KY 1.87 0.00 4.66 1.64 Strong Rep - 68.13 rank 5
61TIE Moran, Jerry R KS 5.25 0.00 7.86 0.00 Strong Rep - 64.75 rank 5
61TIE Perdue, David R GA 1.80 0.00 5.44 1.64 Leaning Rep - 71.53 rank 5
61TIE Portman, Rob R OH 7.32 0.00 13.52 3.28 Leaning Rep - 66.01 rank 5
61TIE Risch, James R ID 1.12 0.00 2.81 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.88 rank 5
61TIE Roberts, Pat R KS 1.38 0.00 5.95 1.64 Strong Rep - 68.62 rank 5
61TIE Rounds, Mike R SD 2.70 0.00 8.70 1.64 Strong Rep - 67.30 rank 5
61TIE Rubio, Marco R FL 2.41 0.00 6.90 0.00 Leaning Rep - 70.92 rank 5
61TIE Sasse, Ben R NE 5.41 0.00 6.15 1.64 Strong Rep - 64.59 rank 5
61TIE Scott, Tim R SC 1.04 0.00 3.04 0.00 Strong Rep - 68.96 rank 5
61TIE Shelby, Richard R AL 7.31 0.00 11.32 1.64 Strong Rep - 62.69 rank 5
61TIE Strange, Luther R AL 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Strong Rep - 70.00 rank 5
61TIE Sullivan, Dan R AK 7.34 0.00 6.77 0.00 Strong Rep - 62.66 rank 5
61TIE Tillis, Thom R NC 0.90 0.00 6.74 0.00 Leaning Rep - 72.43 rank 5
61TIE Toomey, Pat R PA 3.85 0.00 6.32 0.00 Swing - 72.82 rank 5
61TIE Wicker, Roger R MS 2.37 0.00 9.05 1.64 Strong Rep - 67.63 rank 5
61TIE 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)