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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Todd Platts 51%
Ben Quayle 0%
Denny Rehberg 36%
Silvestre Reyes 65%
Laura Richardson 85%
David Rivera 54%
Mike Ross 58%
Steve Rothman 76%
Bobby Schilling 41%
Jean Schmidt 48%
Heath Shuler 55%
Pete Stark 85%
Cliff Stearns 0%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 77%
Ed Towns 76%
Bob Turner 21%
Joe Walsh 46%
Mel Watt 85%
Allen West 21%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
Bill Young 40%

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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