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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota

2002 Positions on Reproductive Rights

Issues: Abortion
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican 0%
SD State House 5 Lee Anton Schoenbeck Republican 0%
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic 67%
SD State Senate 19 Bill Van Gerpen Republican 0%
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican 33%
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 0%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 100%
Gene Abdallah 33%
Kenneth Albers 50%
Timothy Begalka 0%
Eric Bogue 0%
Michael Buckingham 0%
Quinten Burg 0%
Judy Clark 100%
Joni Cutler 100%
Justin Davis 0%
Thomas Deadrick 0%
H. Dennert 67%
Larry Diedrich 25%
Jay Duenwald 0%
Robert Duxbury 50%
Richard Engels 100%
Larry Frost 25%
Arthur Fryslie 67%
Cooper Garnos 0%
David Gassman 50%
Tom Hackl 0%
Gary Hanson 67%
Dale Hargens 67%
Jeffrey Haverly 75%
Donald Hennies 0%
Thomas Hennies 75%
James Hundstad 100%
Mike Jaspers 0%
Kent Juhnke 0%
Marguerite Kleven 100%
Frank Kloucek 0%
David Knudson 50%
Gilbert Koetzle 100%
Al Koistinen 0%
Claire Konold 0%
Clarence Kooistra 100%
Elizabeth Kraus 0%
Michael Kroger 50%
Maurice LaRue 67%
Christopher Madsen 50%
Alice Lucille McCoy 50%
John McIntyre 100%
Casey Murschel 100%
Benjamin Nesselhuf 100%
Sean O'Brien 0%
Mel Olson 100%
Ryan Olson 25%
Gordon Pederson 25%
William Peterson 50%
J.E. Putnam 0%
Mitchell Richter 100%
Louis Sebert 0%
Orville Smidt 0%
Burdette Solum 100%
John Teupel 25%
William Thompson 100%
Thomas Van Norman 100%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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