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So Long, GOP Moderates

A disproportionate number of the Republicans who left Congress during the past two election years because of retirement, resignation, or defeat were moderates, and most of them were succeeded by Democrats. The shaded areas show the departed Republicans who were in the more-liberal half of their party, with composite conservative scores in National Journal's vote ratings at 75 or below.


Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2006 Score that Year a Democrat

Bill Frist, R-Tenn.          78.5                      no
George Allen, R-Va.          78.0                      yes
Conrad Burns, R-Mont.        77.2                      yes
Rick Santorum, R-Pa.         70.3                      yes
Jim Talent, R-Mo.            68.3                      yes
Mike DeWine, R-Ohio          49.0                      yes
Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.       41.0                      yes


Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2008 Score that Year a Democrat

Wayne Allard, R-Colo.        91.3                      yes
Larry Craig, R-Idaho         79.7                      no
Pete Domenici, R-N.M.        66.2                      yes
John Sununu, R-N.H.          65.8                      yes
Norm Coleman, R-Minn.        61.0                      undecided
Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.       60.8                      yes
Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.          59.8                      no
John Warner, R-Va.           59.8                      yes
Ted Stevens, R-Alaska        59.0                      yes
Gordon Smith, R-Ore.         54.3                      yes



Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2006 Score that Year a Democrat

Jim Ryun, R-Kan.             97.7                      yes
Mike Sodrel, R-Ind.          90.7                      yes
Bill Jenkins, R-Tenn.        90.0                      no
Bob Beauprez, R-Colo.        87.5                      yes
Tom DeLay, R-Texas*          86.7                      yes
Ernest Istook, R-Okla.       86.3                      no
Chris Chocola, R-Ind.        86.0                      yes
J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.       85.0                      yes
Michael Oxley, R-Ohio        81.0                      no
Richard Pombo, R-Calif.      80.7                      yes
Charles Taylor, R-N.C.       80.2                      yes
Michael Bilirakis, R-Fla.    80.0                      no
Henry Bonilla, R-Texas       80.0                      yes
Henry Hyde, R-Ill.           76.3                      no
Katherine Harris, R-Fla.     75.2                      no
Don Sherwood, R-Pa.          74.5                      yes
Bill Thomas, R-Calif.        74.5                      no
Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn.       73.8                      yes
Anne Northup, R-Ky.          72.2                      yes
Tom Osborne, R-Neb.          70.0                      no
Jim Gibbons, R-Nev.          69.5                      no
Melissa Hart, R-Pa.          68.8                      yes
Joel Hefley, R-Colo.         68.7                      no
John Hostettler, R-Ind.      68.2                      yes
Jim Nussle, R-Iowa           66.0                      yes
Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz.           65.7                      yes
Clay Shaw, R-Fla.            65.3                      yes
Mark Kennedy, R-Minn.        65.2                      no
Bob Ney, R-Ohio              62.5                      yes
Mark Green, R-Wis.           59.7                      yes
Butch Otter, R-Idaho         58.2                      no
Joe Schwarz, R-Mich.         58.0                      no
John Sweeney, R-N.Y.         55.8                      yes
Jeb Bradley, R-N.H.          55.5                      yes
Mark Foley, R-Fla.           54.7                      yes
Curt Weldon, R-Pa.           54.7                      yes
Sue Kelly, R-N.Y.            54.5                      yes
Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.    53.2                      yes
Charles Bass, R-N.H.         51.8                      yes
Nancy Johnson, R-Conn.       50.5                      yes
Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.      48.3                      yes
Rob Simmons, R-Conn.         46.8                      yes
Jim Leach, R-Iowa            38.5                      yes


*2005 score is shown because member had no 2006 score because of missed votes.

Republicans Who Composite Conservative Succeeded by Left in 2008 Score that Year a Democrat

Bill Sali, R-Idaho           94.7                      yes
Chris Cannon, R-Utah         93.7                      no
Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo.        88.7                      no
John Doolittle, R-Calif.     88.7                      no
Terry Everett, R-Ala.        88.2                      yes
Dave Weldon, R-Fla.          86.5                      no
Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.        86.3                      no
Jim McCrery, R-La.           86.0                      no
Duncan L. Hunter, R-Calif.   84.7                      no
Tom Feeney, R-Fla.           83.8                      yes
Ron Lewis, R-Ky.             82.7                      no
David Davis, R-Tenn.         82.2                      no
Steve Pearce, R-N.M.         82.2                      yes
Richard Baker, R-La.*        82.0                      no
Tim Walberg, R-Mich.         79.5                      yes
Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo.    77.5                      yes
Virgil Goode, R-Va.          77.3                      yes
Ric Keller, R-Fla.           75.8                      yes
Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y.         75.2                      no
Thelma Drake, R-Va.          74.5                      yes
John Peterson, R-Pa.         74.5                      no
Heather Wilson, R-N.M.       74.3                      yes
Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.        73.3                      yes
Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo.         71.3                      no
Jim Saxton, R-N.J.           70.8                      yes
Bobby Jindal, R-La.*         70.2                      no
Rick Renzi, R-Ariz.          69.0                      yes
Steve Chabot, R-Ohio         67.7                      yes
Chip Pickering, R-Miss.      65.7                      no
Randy Kuhl, R-N.Y.           65.3                      yes
Tom Davis, R-Va.             64.8                      yes
Jerry Weller, R-Ill.         64.7                      yes
Robin Hayes, R-N.C.          64.3                      yes
Ralph Regula, R-Ohio         64.2                      yes
Michael Ferguson, R-N.J.     63.8                      no
Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich.     63.3                      yes
David Hobson, R-Ohio         63.0                      no
Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio*       59.7                      yes
Phil English, R-Pa.          59.5                      yes
Ray LaHood, R-Ill.           59.2                      no
James Walsh, R-N.Y.          58.7                      yes
Jon Porter, R-Nev.           57.3                      yes
Jim Ramstad, R-Minn.         55.8                      no
Christopher Shays, R-Conn.   52.8                      yes
Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md.       49.5                      yes


*2007 score is shown because member had no 2008 score because of missed votes.

This article appears in the February 28, 2009 edition of National Journal Magazine Contents.

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