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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 100+
SC State House 28 Eric Bedingfield Republican 100+
SC State House 20 Daniel Hamilton Republican 100+
Joey Millwood 100+
SC State House 48 Ralph Norman Republican 100+
Rex Rice 100+
James Stewart, Jr. 100+
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 100+
William Wylie 100+
SC State Senate 24 Tom Young, Jr. Republican 100+
SC State House 34 Mike Forrester Republican 99.8
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 99.8
Steve Parker 97.6
SC State House 18 Tommy Stringer Republican 97.4
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 97.1
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 97.1
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 96.3
Harry Cato 95.59
Annette Young 95.1
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 95.02
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 94.89
SC State House 36 Rita Allison Republican 94.7
SC State House 106 Nelson Hardwick Republican 94.3
SC State House 29 Dennis Moss Republican 94.3
SC State House 5 Phillip Owens Republican 93.9
SC State House 16 Mark Willis Republican 93.2
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 92
Donald Smith 91.9
SC State House 22 Wendy Nanney Republican 91.64
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 91
SC State House 32 Derham Cole, Jr. Republican 90.5
James Harrison 90.3
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 90.2
Keith Kelly 89.7
SC U.S. House 5 Michael Mulvaney Republican 89.3
SC State Senate 46 Tom Davis Republican 89
Phillip Shoopman 89
SC State House 110 Harry Limehouse III Republican 88.54
SC State House 94 Jenny Horne Republican 88.3
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 88.1
George Hearn 88
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 87.8
SC U.S. Senate Jr Tim Scott Republican 87.8
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 86.9
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 86.75
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 86.66
Thad Viers 86.2
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 86.12
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 85.6
SC State House 63 Kristopher Crawford Republican 85.39
Richard Chalk, Jr. 85.1
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 85
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 84.99
SC State House 24 Bruce Bannister Republican 84.1
SC State House 124 Shannon Erickson Republican 84
SC State Senate 12 Lee Bright Republican 83.95
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 83.9
SC State House 92 Joseph Daning Republican 83.9
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 83.1
SC State House 112 F. Sottile Republican 82.7
SC State Senate 25 Shane Massey Republican 82.6
Lanny Littlejohn 82.4
Michael Thompson 82.3
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 81.93
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 81.9
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 81.78
SC State House 3 B. R. Skelton Republican 80.6
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 80.3
SC State House 96 Lawrence Kit Spires Republican 80.2
James Battle, Jr. 80
Marion Frye 79.8
SC Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell Republican 79.7
SC State House 30 Steve Moss Republican 79.7
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 79.7
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 79.1
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 78.8
SC State House 45 Deborah Long Republican 78.7
SC State House 60 Phillip Lowe Republican 78.6
Daniel Cooper 78.1
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 78.1
SC State House 7 Michael Gambrell Republican 77.4
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 77.2
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 77.12
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 76.9
David Thomas 76.09
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 75.9
Vida Miller 75.8
SC State House 8 Don Bowen Republican 75.7
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 75.2
Jake Knotts, Jr. 75.15
SC State Senate 44 Paul Campbell, Jr. Republican 74.78
Dick Elliott 74.55
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 74.02
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 73.85
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 72.8
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 72.7
SC State House 97 Patsy Knight Democratic 71.9
Lewis Pinson 71.6
Boyd Brown 71.55
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 71.38
Anton Gunn 70.9
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 70.6
Joan Brady 69.7
SC State House 77 Joe McEachern Democratic 69.7
James Neal 68.9
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 68.1
SC State House 61 Lester Branham, Jr. Democratic 68
Greg Ryberg 66.8
Michael Thomas Rose 65.7
SC State House 119 Leonidas Stavrinakis Democratic 65.4
SC State Senate 32 John McGill Democratic 64.75
Anne Peterson Hutto 63.8
Paul Agnew 63.6
SC State Senate 34 Ray Cleary III Republican 62.9
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 62.4
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 62.4
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 62.3
Harry Ott, Jr. 61.6
Herbert Kirsh 60.58
SC State House 23 Chandra Dillard Democratic 59.3
SC State House 118 William Herbkersman Republican 58
Denny Neilson 57.3
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 57.1
SC State House 62 Robert Williams Democratic 56.3
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 55.7
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 55.55
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 55.55
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 55.5
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 54.8
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 53.55
SC State House 31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 51.86
SC State Senate 10 Floyd Nicholson Democratic 49.72
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 48.5
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 47.12
Anne Parks 46.9
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 46.8
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 45.7
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 45.7
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 45.14
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 44.5
Cathy Harvin 42.88
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 42.17
SC State House 59 Terry Alexander Democratic 41.9
John Land III 41.05
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 40.84
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 40.25
SC State House 53 Ted Vick Democratic 39.7
Ralph Anderson 39.15
Curtis Brantley 38.9
Phil Leventis 38.55
SC State House 90 Bakari Sellers Democratic 36.8
SC State Senate 40 Charles Bradley Hutto Democratic 36.75
SC State House 73 Chris Hart Democratic 33.1
SC State House 121 Kenneth Hodges Democratic 31.6
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 30.9
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 30.2
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 29.65
SC State House 49 John King Democratic 29.4
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 27.4
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 26.45
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 26.2
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 24.7
SC State House 111 Wendell Gilliard Democratic 24.4
Kenneth Kennedy 23.11
Robert Ford 12.25
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 7.1
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 1

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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