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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: CNET News

2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Dan Lungren 29%
Connie Mack IV 50%
Tim Mahoney 83%
Don Manzullo 44%
Jim Marshall 47%
Melquiades Martinez 33%
Jim Matheson 50%
Carolyn McCarthy 50%
Thaddeus McCotter 40%
James McCrery III 35%
Jim McDermott 72%
John McHugh 39%
Mike McIntyre 44%
Buck McKeon 33%
Michael McNulty 56%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 53%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 43%
John Mica 28%
Mike Michaud 67%
Barbara Mikulski 29%
Candice Miller 38%
Gary Miller 33%
George Miller 56%
Jeff Miller 25%
Brad Miller 60%
Harry Mitchell 67%
Alan Mollohan 50%
Dennis Moore 65%
Jim Moran, Jr. 61%
Patrick Murphy 67%
Jack Murtha 53%
Marilyn Musgrave 33%
Sue Myrick 29%
Ben Nelson 50%
Randy Neugebauer 33%
Barack Obama II 33%
Jim Oberstar 56%
Dave Obey 59%
John Olver 61%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 50%
Ed Pastor 61%
Ron Paul 88%
Donald Payne 67%
John Peterson 29%
Tom Petri 44%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 40%
Joe Pitts 33%
Todd Platts 38%
Earl Pomeroy 56%
Jon Porter, Sr. 53%
Deborah Pryce 40%
Mark Pryor 33%
Adam Putnam 31%
George Radanovich 38%
Nick Rahall II 59%
James Ramstad 39%
Charlie Rangel 71%
Ralph Regula 39%
Denny Rehberg 27%
Harry Reid 35%
Richard Renzi 36%
Silvestre Reyes 71%
Thomas Reynolds 35%
Laura Richardson 67%
Jay Rockefeller IV 24%
Ciro Rodriguez 67%
Mike Rogers 25%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 65%
John Salazar 43%
Ken Salazar 33%
William Sali 50%
Loretta Sanchez 73%
Jim Saxton 39%
Jean Schmidt 38%
Allyson Schwartz 57%
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%
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%
Tom Tancredo 27%
John Tanner 44%
Ellen Tauscher 67%
Gene Taylor 33%
Lee Terry 41%
Todd Tiahrt 44%
John Tierney 61%
Ed Towns 67%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 67%
Mark Udall 50%
David Vitter 33%
George Voinovich 31%
James Walsh 39%
Zach Wamp 44%
John Warner 41%
Diane Watson 63%
Mel Watt 76%
Henry Waxman 59%
Jim Webb, Jr. 40%
Anthony Weiner 65%
David Weldon 29%
Gerald Weller 38%
Lynn Westmoreland 29%
Robert Wexler 63%
Ed Whitfield 33%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 50%
Heather Wilson 44%
Frank Wolf 33%
Lynn Woolsey 69%
David Wu 67%
Bill Young 41%

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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