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

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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