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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2008 Positions on Pro-Business Policy

State Office District Name Party Rating
Paul Agnew 69%
Ralph Anderson 49%
Liston Barfield 70%
James Battle, Jr. 68%
Kenneth Bingham 71%
Don Bowen 64%
Joan Brady 78%
Lester Branham, Jr. 65%
Curtis Brantley 47%
Floyd Breeland 50%
Grady Brown 57%
Harry Cato 87%
Catherine Ceips 66%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 54%
Ray Cleary III 68%
Creighton Coleman 36%
Daniel Cooper 63%
William Cotty 79%
Kristopher Crawford 74%
Thomas Dantzler 74%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 47%
John Drummond 55%
Tracy Edge 48%
Dick Elliott 72%
Michael Fair 52%
Robert Ford 61%
Marion Frye 64%
Carl Gullick 67%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 80%
Glenn Hamilton 55%
Nelson Hardwick 73%
Robert Harrell, Jr. 89%
James Harrison 82%
Cathy Harvin 48%
Gloria Haskins 64%
John Hawkins 50%
Wes Hayes, Jr. 54%
Kenneth Hodges 66%
Heyward Hutson 64%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 52%
Keith Kelly 76%
Kenneth Kennedy 49%
Herbert Kirsh 93%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 83%
John Land III 61%
Robert Leach, Sr. 76%
Phil Leventis 51%
Chip Limehouse III 48%
Lanny Littlejohn 65%
Joel Lourie 62%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 63%
Larry Martin 76%
Glenn McConnell 100%
John McGill 72%
Walton McLeod III 60%
William Mescher 62%
Vida Miller 66%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 30%
Tommy Moore 14%
James Neal 56%
Denny Neilson 74%
William O'Dell 60%
Harry Ott, Jr. 77%
Phillip Owens 80%
Kay Patterson 69%
Robert Perry, Jr. 77%
Olin Phillips 48%
Clementa Pinckney 57%
Lewis Pinson 69%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 66%
James Ritchie, Jr. 56%
Greg Ryberg 73%
Wallace Scarborough 63%
Randy Scott 67%
Bakari Sellers 52%
Phillip Shoopman 69%
Linda Short 53%
B. R. Skelton 84%
Donald Smith 63%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 34%
Roland Smith 75%
William Smith 43%
James Stewart, Jr. 60%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 64%
David Thomas 37%
Michael Thompson 95%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 80%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 59%
Ted Vick 56%
Thad Viers 41%
Robert Walker 77%
William Witherspoon 72%
Annette Young 72%
SC State House 59 Terry Alexander Democratic 50%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic 50%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 51%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 49%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 65%
SC State House 122 Bill Bowers Democratic 59%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 38%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 53%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 68%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 66%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 48%
SC State House 73 Chris Hart Democratic 42%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 69%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 51%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 32%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 74%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 49%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 44%
SC State House 97 Patsy Knight Democratic 64%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 45%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 62%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 57%
SC State House 31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 56%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 58%
SC State House 12 Anne Parks Democratic 56%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 64%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 45%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 55%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 81%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 93%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 36%
SC State House 119 Leon Stavrinakis Democratic 89%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 46%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 47%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 71%
SC State House 62 Robert Williams Democratic 37%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 70%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 75%
SC State House 24 Bruce Bannister Republican 72%
SC State House 28 Eric Bedingfield Republican 65%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 76%
SC State Senate 44 Paul Campbell, Jr. Republican 90%
SC State Senate 43 Chip Campsen III Republican 94%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 75%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 62%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 70%
SC State House 92 Joe Daning Republican 64%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 62%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 73%
SC State House 124 Shannon Erickson Republican 77%
SC State Senate 4 Mike Gambrell Republican 76%
SC State Senate 16 Greg Gregory Republican 76%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 55%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 84%
SC State House 118 Bill Herbkersman Republican 67%
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 61%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 68%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Leatherman, Sr. Republican 85%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 76%
SC State House 60 Phillip Lowe Republican 82%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 71%
SC State Senate 25 Shane Massey Republican 62%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 79%
SC State House 29 Dennis Moss Republican 70%
SC U.S. House 5 Mick Mulvaney Republican 74%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Peeler, Jr. Republican 64%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 69%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 75%
SC State Senate 2 Rex Rice Republican 68%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 77%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 76%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 69%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 81%
SC State House 96 Spires Republican 64%
SC State Senate 12 Scott Talley Republican 69%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 66%
SC State Senate 9 Danny Verdin III Republican 51%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 80%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 62%

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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