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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 74%
SC Lieutenant Governor John McGill Democratic 33%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 65%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 100%
SC State House 3 B. R. Skelton Republican 96%
SC State House 5 Phillip Owens Republican 85%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 100%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 75%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 98%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 44%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 59%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 98%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 74%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 32%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 14%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 75%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 98%
SC State House 61 Lester Branham, Jr. Democratic 69%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 72%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 34%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 98%
SC State House 69 Richard Quinn, Jr. Republican 96%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 0%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 55%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 0%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 2%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 51%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 63%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 94%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 80%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 74%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 90%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 14%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 34%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 84%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 100%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 100%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 18%
SC State House 110 Chip Limehouse III Republican 80%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 23%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 37%
SC State House 118 William Herbkersman Republican 82%
SC State House 122 Bill Bowers Democratic 73%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 100%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 100%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 100%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 100%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 16%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 100%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 90%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 100%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 98%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 100%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 32%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 65%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 100%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 25%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 58%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 98%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 47%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 100%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 100%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 29%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 98%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 25%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 34%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 23%
SC Council Member 3 George Bailey Republican 89%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 98%
John Graham Altman III 75%
Ralph Anderson 23%
James Battle, Jr. 94%
William Branton, Jr. 100%
Floyd Breeland 18%
Joe Brown 39%
Harry Cato 90%
Catherine Ceips 82%
Ken Clark 90%
Marty Coates 76%
Daniel Cooper 82%
William Cotty 66%
Thomas Dantzler 69%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 31%
John Drummond 100%
Dick Elliott 98%
Eldridge Emory 61%
Robert Ford 19%
Mary Beth Freeman 67%
Marion Frye 96%
Warren Kenneth Giese 98%
JoAnne Gilham 62%
Maggie Wallace Glover 21%
Amos Lee Gourdine 35%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 78%
Glenn Hamilton 88%
Robert Harrell, Jr. 100%
James Harrison 86%
Charles Alexander Harvin III 25%
John Hawkins 100%
Jesse Edison Hines 51%
Mack Hines, Jr. 10%
Shirley Hinson 82%
Donald Harry Holland 29%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 21%
Thomas Keegan 78%
Kenneth Kennedy 63%
Herbert Kirsh 78%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 84%
Larry Labruce Koon 92%
John Kuhn 98%
John Land III 25%
Robert Leach, Sr. 88%
Brenda Lee 57%
Phil Leventis 13%
Lanny Littlejohn 73%
Walter Lloyd 14%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 96%
Becky Martin 88%
Glenn McConnell 100%
E. DeWitt McCraw 77%
James McGee III 76%
William Mescher 100%
Vida Miller 55%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 16%
Tommy Moore 100%
James Neal 61%
Denny Neilson 57%
Harry Ott, Jr. 81%
Anne Parks 75%
Kay Patterson 25%
Robert Perry, Jr. 100%
Olin Phillips 57%
Lewis Pinson 90%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 96%
Arthur Ravenel, Jr. 100%
Thomas Rhoad 71%
Rex Rice 100%
Rebecca Davis Richardson 68%
Scott Richardson 100%
James Ritchie, Jr. 100%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 0%
Greg Ryberg 100%
Wallace Scarborough 84%
Linda Short 38%
Phillip Sinclair 94%
Donald Smith 78%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 0%
Jefferson Verne Smith 100%
William Smith 84%
John Snow III 63%
James Stewart, Jr. 94%
Harry Carl Stille 68%
Scott Talley 80%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 94%
David Thomas 92%
Michael Thompson 100%
Ronald Parker Townsend 98%
Daniel Tripp 100%
Teddy Norman Trotter 100%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 98%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 94%
Thad Viers 100%
Bob Waldrep, Jr. 96%
Robert Walker 100%
David Horton Wilkins 100%
William Witherspoon 88%
Annette Young 84%

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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