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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 63%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 27%
Todd Akin 31%
Rodney Alexander 29%
Wayne Allard 50%
Thomas Allen 56%
Jason Altmire 67%
Rob Andrews 61%
Michael Arcuri 67%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Brian Baird 61%
J. Gresham Barrett 43%
Roscoe Bartlett 47%
Max Baucus 47%
Evan Bayh 46%
Melissa Bean 54%
Bob Bennett 40%
Shelley Berkley 61%
Howard Berman 71%
Marion Berry 44%
Judy Biggert 39%
Brian Bilbray 40%
Jeff Bingaman 47%
Kit Bond 41%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 36%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Dan Boren 50%
Leonard Boswell 47%
Rick Boucher 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 56%
Nancy Boyda 83%
Henry Brown, Jr. 21%
Ginny Brown-Waite 42%
Jim Bunning 50%
Dan Burton 31%
Steve Buyer 25%
Robert Byrd 44%
Chris Cannon 53%
Dennis Cardoza 43%
Russ Carnahan 64%
Christopher Carney 83%
Mike Castle 39%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 50%
Ben Chandler III 53%
Hillary Clinton 44%
Norm Coleman 50%
Kent Conrad 29%
Jerry Costello 59%
Larry Craig 53%
Robert Cramer 53%
Barbara Cubin 27%
Artur Davis 54%
David Davis 50%
Geoff Davis 29%
Lincoln Davis 47%
Thomas Davis III 44%
Bill Delahunt 73%
James DeMint 33%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 44%
Norm Dicks 47%
Chris Dodd 40%
Elizabeth Dole 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 47%
John Doolittle 35%
Byron Dorgan 35%
Thelma Drake 29%
David Dreier 44%
Chet Edwards 44%
Vern Ehlers 44%
Brad Ellsworth 67%
Jo Ann Emerson 39%
Philip English 53%
John Ensign 55%
Bob Etheridge 50%
Terry Everett 28%
Tom Feeney 54%
Russ Feingold 53%
Michael Ferguson 36%
Bob Filner 67%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 50%
Barney Frank 72%
Elton Gallegly 44%
Gabrielle Giffords 67%
Wayne Gilchrest 47%
Charlie Gonzalez 71%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 39%
Bart Gordon 47%
Judd Gregg 50%
John Hall 83%
Phil Hare 83%
Jane Harman 50%
Robert Hayes 33%
Wally Herger, Jr. 28%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 43%
Baron Hill 67%
Maurice Hinchey 69%
David Lee Hobson 41%
Paul Hodes 83%
Pete Hoekstra 39%
Thomas Holden 65%
Darlene Hooley 50%
Kenny Hulshof 44%
Duncan Hunter 29%
Kay Hutchison 35%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 50%
Daniel Inouye 36%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 61%
William Jefferson 67%
Tim Johnson 53%
Steve Kagen 83%
Paul Kanjorski 50%
Ric Keller 38%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 43%
Patrick Kennedy 69%
Dale Kildee 61%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 63%
Ron Klein 67%
Joseph Knollenberg 44%
Herb Kohl 35%
Dennis Kucinich 72%
John Kuhl, Jr. 43%
Jon Kyl 35%
Ray LaHood 39%
Nicholas Lampson 60%
Steve LaTourette 47%
Frank Lautenberg 43%
Jerry Lewis 33%
Ron Lewis 33%
Joe Lieberman 41%
Blanche Lincoln 46%
John Linder 29%
Dick Lugar 35%
Dan Lungren 29%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Tim Mahoney 83%
Don Manzullo 44%
Jim Marshall 47%
Melquiades Martinez 33%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 35%
John McHugh 39%
Michael McNulty 56%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 53%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 43%
Brad Miller 60%
Harry Mitchell 67%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 65%
Patrick Murphy 67%
Jack Murtha 53%
Marilyn Musgrave 33%
Sue Myrick 29%
Ben Nelson 50%
Jim Oberstar 56%
Dave Obey 59%
John Olver 61%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Ron Paul 88%
Donald Payne 67%
John Peterson 29%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
Todd Platts 38%
Earl Pomeroy 56%
Jon Porter, Sr. 53%
Deborah Pryce 40%
George Radanovich 38%
James Ramstad 39%
Ralph Regula 39%
Denny Rehberg 27%
Richard Renzi 36%
Silvestre Reyes 71%
Thomas Reynolds 35%
Laura Richardson 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 65%
Ken Salazar 33%
William Sali 50%
Jim Saxton 39%
Jean Schmidt 38%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 67%
John Shadegg 33%
Christopher Shays 44%
Heath Shuler 67%
Ike Skelton 44%
Gordon Smith 50%
Olympia Snowe 35%
Vic Snyder 61%
Hilda Solis 63%
Mark Souder 31%
Zack Space 67%
Arlen Specter 35%
John Spratt, Jr. 50%
Pete Stark 69%
Cliff Stearns 39%
Ted Stevens 50%
Bart Stupak 56%
John Sullivan 27%
John Sununu 50%
Betty Sutton 83%

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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