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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 65%
Gary Ackerman 63%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 44%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 27%
Todd Akin 31%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 50%
Rodney Alexander 29%
Wayne Allard 50%
Thomas Allen 56%
Jason Altmire 67%
Rob Andrews 61%
Michael Arcuri 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
MN U.S. House 6 Michele Bachmann Republican 33%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 31%
Brian Baird 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 67%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 40%
J. Gresham Barrett 43%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 29%
Max Baucus 47%
Evan Bayh 46%
Melissa Bean 54%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 73%
Bob Bennett 40%
Shelley Berkley 61%
Howard Berman 71%
Marion Berry 44%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
Judy Biggert 39%
Brian Bilbray 40%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 43%
Jeff Bingaman 47%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 43%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 41%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 53%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 33%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 61%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 44%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 33%
Kit Bond 41%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 36%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 33%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 50%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 43%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 41%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56%
Nancy Boyda 83%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 39%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 53%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 83%
GA U.S. House 10 Paul Broun Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 53%
Henry Brown, Jr. 21%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 60%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 47%
Ginny Brown-Waite 42%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 50%
Jim Bunning 50%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 33%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 33%
Dan Burton 31%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 47%
Steve Buyer 25%
Robert Byrd 44%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 35%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 39%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 25%
Chris Cannon 53%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 27%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 82%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 40%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 61%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 61%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 80%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Russ Carnahan 64%
Christopher Carney 83%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 36%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 36%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 40%
Mike Castle 39%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 67%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 44%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 50%
Ben Chandler III 53%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 83%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 67%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 46%
Hillary Clinton 44%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 53%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 39%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 33%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 41%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 83%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 29%
Norm Coleman 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 38%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 43%
Kent Conrad 29%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 82%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 47%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 40%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 50%
Jerry Costello 59%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 83%
Larry Craig 53%
Robert Cramer 53%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 62%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 31%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 56%
Barbara Cubin 27%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 31%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 67%
Artur Davis 54%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 67%
David Davis 50%
Geoff Davis 29%
Lincoln Davis 47%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 56%
Thomas Davis III 44%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 31%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 50%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 56%
Bill Delahunt 73%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 50%
James DeMint 33%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 36%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 44%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 50%
Norm Dicks 47%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 67%
Chris Dodd 40%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 59%
Elizabeth Dole 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 47%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 67%
John Doolittle 35%
Byron Dorgan 35%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 59%
Thelma Drake 29%
David Dreier 44%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 44%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 44%
Chet Edwards 44%
Vern Ehlers 44%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 83%
Brad Ellsworth 67%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 39%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 59%
Philip English 53%
John Ensign 55%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 38%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 63%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Terry Everett 28%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 33%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 65%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 64%
Tom Feeney 54%
Russ Feingold 53%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 35%
Michael Ferguson 36%
Bob Filner 67%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 63%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 33%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 36%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 36%
Barney Frank 72%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 39%
Elton Gallegly 44%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 29%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 47%
Gabrielle Giffords 67%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 67%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 40%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 42%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 39%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 44%
Bart Gordon 47%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 50%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 35%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 35%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 33%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 50%
Judd Gregg 50%

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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