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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2001-2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 100%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 55%
SC State House 36 Rita Allison Republican 100%
John Graham Altman III 68%
Ralph Anderson 0%
Harry Raymond Askins 15%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 80%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 95%
James Battle, Jr. 81%
André Bauer 100%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 100%
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 80%
William Branton, Jr. 100%
Floyd Breeland 10%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 56%
Joe Brown 59%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 0%
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 100%
Marion Pinckney Carnell 81%
Harry Cato 100%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 100%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 65%
Marty Coates 52%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 49%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 43%
Daniel Cooper 85%
William Cotty 98%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 98%
Thomas Dantzler 93%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 65%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 87%
John Drummond 2%
Michael Easterday 81%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 55%
Dick Elliott 0%
Eldridge Emory 77%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 94%
Ronald Fleming 93%
Robert Ford 2%
Mary Beth Freeman 86%
Marion Frye 91%
Warren Kenneth Giese 98%
JoAnne Gilham 84%
Maggie Wallace Glover 0%
Amos Lee Gourdine 66%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 11%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 100%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 94%
Glenn Hamilton 89%
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 100%
James Harrison 100%
Charles Alexander Harvin III 12%
Gloria Haskins 58%
John Hawkins 35%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 61%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 92%
Jesse Edison Hines 65%
Mack Hines, Jr. 41%
Shirley Hinson 97%
Donald Harry Holland 39%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 25%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 47%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 100%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 0%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 0%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 88%
Thomas Keegan 100%
Mark Stephen Kelley 72%
Kenneth Kennedy 16%
Herbert Kirsh 100%
James Klauber 59%
Larry Labruce Koon 87%
John Kuhn 98%
John Land III 0%
James Norris Law 85%
Robert Leach, Sr. 95%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 100%
Brenda Lee 27%
Phil Leventis 0%
SC State House 110 Harry Limehouse III Republican 100%
Lanny Littlejohn 95%
Walter Lloyd 16%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 87%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 65%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 100%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 8%
Becky Martin 29%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 100%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 0%
Glenn McConnell 88%
E. DeWitt McCraw 89%
James McGee III 100%
SC Lieutenant Governor John McGill Democratic 0%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 65%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 91%
William Mescher 92%
Vida Miller 68%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 21%
Tommy Moore 41%
James Neal 84%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 43%
Denny Neilson 80%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 98%
Harry Ott, Jr. 72%
David Owens II 100%
Kay Patterson 0%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 100%
Robert Perry, Jr. 95%
Olin Phillips 85%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 0%
SC State House 69 Richard Quinn, Jr. Republican 52%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 39%
Arthur Ravenel, Jr. 94%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 0%
Thomas Rhoad 51%
Rex Rice 95%
Rebecca Davis Richardson 100%
Scott Richardson 96%
John Riser 95%
James Ritchie, Jr. 100%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 61%
Alfred Burgess Robinson, Jr. 78%
Edith Rodgers 34%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 25%
Greg Ryberg 100%
Edward Saleeby 2%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 100%
Wallace Scarborough 100%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 16%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 100%
Charles Ray Sharpe 81%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 84%
Linda Short 35%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 100%
Phillip Sinclair 90%
Donald Smith 100%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 73%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 91%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 100%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 84%
Jefferson Verne Smith 59%
William Smith 100%
John Snow III 69%
Harry Carl Stille 87%
Elsie Rast Stuart 57%
Scott Talley 76%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 94%
David Thomas 29%
Michael Thompson 79%
Ronald Parker Townsend 100%
Daniel Tripp 100%
Teddy Norman Trotter 100%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 83%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 100%
Bob Waldrep, Jr. 96%
Robert Walker 100%
Bryon Webb 100%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 58%
Michael Stewart Whatley 55%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 11%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 100%
Donny Wilder 61%
David Horton Wilkins 100%
William Witherspoon 81%
Annette Young 88%
William Jeffrey Young 86%

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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