VOTE RATINGS

Senate Twins: Walk Alike, Talk Alike, Vote Alike

TWINSBURG, OH - AUGUST 3: Dressed as the Statue of Liberty Jeanette Meadows and her twin sister Geneva Petitt pose for a photo August 3, 2002 at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)
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Carrie Mihalcik
March 1, 2011, 9:38 a.m.

They may not look alike, but Sen­ate twins vote alike. Sen­at­ors from 22 states had com­pos­ite scores with­in 5 per­cent­age points of each oth­er, in Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s 2010 vote rat­ings.

Here are the top 10 pairs of Sen­ate twins — home-state sen­at­ors who have com­pos­ite scores with­in 1 point of each oth­er.

Arkan­sas

Former Sen. Blanche Lin­coln (D) and Sen. Mark Pry­or (D) have the same com­pos­ite scores. Lin­coln and Pry­or have the same score on for­eign-policy is­sues but dif­fer by 1 point on both eco­nom­ic and so­cial is­sues.

Hawaii

Sens. Daniel In­ouye (D) and Daniel Akaka (D) have identic­al com­pos­ite scores, in­clud­ing the same rat­ing on eco­nom­ic, so­cial, and for­eign-policy is­sues. Re­cently though, In­ouye has ex­pressed con­cerns about Akaka’s com­mit­ment — and chances — in 2012.

Idaho

Sens. James Risch (R) and Mike Crapo (R) both have the same com­pos­ite scores. They’re Sen­ate twins for a second straight year — they had a 5-point dif­fer­ence in com­pos­ite score in Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s 2009 vote rat­ings.

Mary­land

Sens. Bar­bara Mikul­ski (D) and Ben Cardin (D) are evenly matched in com­pos­ite scores. They grade out the same on eco­nom­ic, so­cial, and for­eign-policy is­sues.

Michigan

Sens. Carl Lev­in (D) and Debbie Stabenow (D) have identic­al com­pos­ite scores.

New York

Sens. Kirsten Gil­librand (D) and Chuck Schu­mer (D) have a 0-point dif­fer­en­tial between their com­pos­ite scores. They have the same scores on eco­nom­ic, so­cial, and for­eign-policy is­sues.

Ver­mont

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) have match­ing com­pos­ite scores, as well as in each of Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s three cat­egor­ies.

Wis­con­sin

Former Sen. Rus­sell Fein­gold (D) and Sen. Herb Kohl (D) have a 0.1-point dif­fer­en­tial between their com­pos­ite scores. In Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s 2009 vote rat­ings, Fein­gold and Kohl were con­sidered a Sen­ate odd couple with a 22.7-point dif­fer­ence in their com­pos­ite scores.

New Jer­sey

Sens. Robert Men­en­dez (D) and Frank Lauten­berg (D) have a 0.4-point dif­fer­en­tial between their com­pos­ite scores. Men­en­dez and Lauten­berg have the same score on so­cial and for­eign-policy is­sues, but their score on eco­nom­ic is­sues dif­fers by 1 point.

Montana

Sens. Jon Test­er (D) and Max Baucus (D) have a 1.0-point dif­fer­en­tial between their com­pos­ite scores. They have the same score on so­cial and for­eign-policy is­sues but dif­fer by 3 points on eco­nom­ic is­sues.

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