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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2006 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 70%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 15%
SC State Senate 2 Rex Rice Republican 94%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 34%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 51%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 59%
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 54%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 55%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic 13%
SC State Senate 9 Danny Verdin III Republican 49%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 18%
SC State House 12 Anne Parks Democratic 14%
SC State Senate 12 Scott Talley Republican 26%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Peeler, Jr. Republican 66%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 22%
SC State Senate 16 Greg Gregory Republican 62%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 62%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 60%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 37%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 30%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 50%
SC State House 24 Bruce Bannister Republican 24%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 37%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 45%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 43%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 42%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 58%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Leatherman, Sr. Republican 52%
SC State House 31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 31%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 37%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 49%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 42%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 64%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 29%
SC State Senate 43 Chip Campsen III Republican 33%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 21%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 33%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 57%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 16%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 64%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 23%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 26%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 39%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 36%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 34%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 41%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 50%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 33%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 18%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 18%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 32%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 51%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 41%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 30%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 32%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 48%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 43%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 46%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 33%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 19%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 47%
SC State House 118 Bill Herbkersman Republican 15%
SC State House 122 Bill Bowers Democratic 15%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 36%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 46%
Paul Agnew 9%
Ralph Anderson 13%
Liston Barfield 64%
James Battle, Jr. 42%
Kenneth Bingham 43%
Joan Brady 21%
Lester Branham, Jr. 22%
Floyd Breeland 43%
Grady Brown 35%
Harry Cato 46%
Catherine Ceips 40%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 53%
Ray Cleary III 42%
Creighton Coleman 3%
Daniel Cooper 53%
William Cotty 21%
Thomas Dantzler 44%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 26%
John Drummond 27%
Tracy Edge 58%
Dick Elliott 64%
Michael Fair 66%
Robert Ford 7%
Marion Frye 50%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 28%
Glenn Hamilton 44%
Nelson Hardwick 57%
Robert Harrell, Jr. 55%
James Harrison 24%
Cathy Harvin 19%
Gloria Haskins 3%
John Hawkins 62%
Wes Hayes, Jr. 48%
Shirley Hinson 34%
Kenneth Hodges 42%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 48%
Kenneth Kennedy 51%
Herbert Kirsh 63%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 36%
John Land III 61%
Robert Leach, Sr. 31%
Phil Leventis 36%
Chip Limehouse III 35%
Lanny Littlejohn 26%
Joel Lourie 25%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 44%
Larry Martin 74%
Glenn McConnell 39%
John McGill 65%
Walton McLeod III 20%
William Mescher 62%
Vida Miller 25%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 39%
Tommy Moore 14%
James Neal 12%
Denny Neilson 14%
William O'Dell 50%
Harry Ott, Jr. 37%
Phillip Owens 78%
Kay Patterson 42%
Robert Perry, Jr. 62%
Olin Phillips 14%
Clementa Pinckney 36%
Lewis Pinson 32%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 40%
Scott Richardson 37%
James Ritchie, Jr. 53%
Greg Ryberg 58%
Wallace Scarborough 34%
Randy Scott 58%
Linda Short 13%
B. R. Skelton 71%
Donald Smith 57%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 8%
Roland Smith 53%
William Smith 7%
James Stewart, Jr. 43%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 48%
David Thomas 46%
Michael Thompson 32%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 31%
Ted Vick 19%
Thad Viers 31%
Robert Walker 55%
William Witherspoon 51%
Annette Young 38%

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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