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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State House 28 Eric Bedingfield Republican 100%
SC State Senate 43 Chip Campsen III Republican 100%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 100%
Robert Harrell, Jr. 100%
James Harrison 100%
Phillip Owens 100%
SC State Senate 2 Rex Rice Republican 100%
Greg Ryberg 100%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 100%
Kristopher Crawford 99%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 99%
Shirley Hinson 99%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 97%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 95%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 94%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 94%
Glenn McConnell 93%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 91%
William Cotty 91%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 88%
Thomas Dantzler 87%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 87%
Glenn Hamilton 87%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 84%
SC State Senate 9 Danny Verdin III Republican 84%
Don Bowen 84%
Harry Cato 84%
Donald Smith 83%
SC State House 24 Bruce Bannister Republican 83%
Herbert Kirsh 83%
Robert Leach, Sr. 82%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 82%
Kenneth Bingham 82%
Phillip Shoopman 81%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 79%
SC State House 60 Phillip Lowe Republican 79%
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 78%
Lewis Pinson 78%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 77%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Peeler, Jr. Republican 76%
Robert Walker 75%
SC State House 96 Spires Republican 74%
B. R. Skelton 73%
Annette Young 73%
SC State Senate 12 Scott Talley Republican 72%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 72%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 72%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 70%
Larry Martin 69%
James Stewart, Jr. 69%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 67%
Liston Barfield 67%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 67%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 66%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 64%
SC State Senate 4 Mike Gambrell Republican 63%
Nelson Hardwick 63%
Michael Fair 61%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 61%
Roland Smith 60%
Keith Kelly 60%
William Witherspoon 60%
Marion Frye 58%
Chip Limehouse III 57%
Robert Perry, Jr. 57%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 57%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 54%
SC State House 118 Bill Herbkersman Republican 54%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 54%
SC State House 119 Leon Stavrinakis Democratic 52%
Carl Gullick 52%
Michael Thompson 51%
SC State House 29 Dennis Moss Republican 51%
Joan Brady 51%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 50%
Lanny Littlejohn 49%
James Ritchie, Jr. 48%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 48%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 48%
Tracy Edge 47%
Daniel Cooper 47%
James Battle, Jr. 47%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 46%
William Smith 45%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 44%
William O'Dell 43%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 43%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 41%
SC State Senate 16 Greg Gregory Republican 41%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 39%
Harry Ott, Jr. 38%
Denny Neilson 38%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 38%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 38%
Wallace Scarborough 36%
James Neal 36%
Paul Agnew 35%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 35%
Ted Vick 35%
Kenneth Kennedy 35%
Olin Phillips 34%
Lester Branham, Jr. 32%
Vida Miller 32%
Catherine Ceips 32%
Kenneth Hodges 31%
David Thomas 31%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Leatherman, Sr. Republican 31%
Gloria Haskins 31%
SC State House 122 Bill Bowers Democratic 31%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 30%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 30%
Thad Viers 30%
Cathy Harvin 29%
SC State House 97 Patsy Knight Democratic 29%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 28%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 27%
SC State House 59 Terry Alexander Democratic 27%
Walton McLeod III 27%
Bakari Sellers 26%
SC State House 12 Anne Parks Democratic 26%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 26%
SC State House 31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 24%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 23%
Grady Brown 23%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 23%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 22%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 22%
Curtis Brantley 21%
Creighton Coleman 21%
SC State House 62 Robert Williams Democratic 21%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 20%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 19%
Joel Lourie 19%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 18%
Wes Hayes, Jr. 18%
Floyd Breeland 18%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 17%
Ray Cleary III 17%
Randy Scott 15%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 14%
SC State House 73 Chris Hart Democratic 13%
John Drummond 13%
Dick Elliott 13%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 13%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic 13%
Tommy Moore 12%
Kay Patterson 12%
Ralph Anderson 11%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 10%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 10%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 7%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 5%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 2%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 2%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 1%
Robert Ford 0%
John Hawkins 0%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 0%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 0%
John Land III 0%
Phil Leventis 0%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 0%
John McGill 0%
Clementa Pinckney 0%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 0%
Linda Short 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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