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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Paul Agnew 69%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 80%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 67%
John Graham Altman III 33%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 55%
Ralph Anderson 60%
SC State House 42 Michael Anthony Democratic 67%
SC Council Member 3 George Bailey Republican 67%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 85%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 69%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 67%
James Battle, Jr. 92%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 62%
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 55%
Joan Brady 92%
SC State House 61 Lester Branham, Jr. Democratic 50%
Floyd Breeland 55%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 29%
Joe Brown 40%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 67%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 80%
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 60%
Harry Cato 64%
Catherine Ceips 80%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 69%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 82%
Ken Clark 75%
SC State Senate 34 Ray Cleary III Republican 100%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 77%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 54%
Marty Coates 54%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 67%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 78%
Daniel Cooper 62%
William Cotty 73%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 100%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 100%
Thomas Dantzler 83%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 67%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 54%
John Drummond 50%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 70%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 75%
Dick Elliott 80%
Eldridge Emory 82%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 100%
SC State Senate 42 Robert Ford Democratic 50%
Marion Frye 67%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 67%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 56%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 100%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 80%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 58%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 54%
Glenn Hamilton 67%
SC State House 106 Nelson Hardwick Republican 85%
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 73%
James Harrison 82%
Cathy Harvin 0%
Gloria Haskins 69%
John Hawkins 60%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 64%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 80%
SC State House 118 William Herbkersman Republican 70%
Jesse Edison Hines 55%
Mack Hines, Jr. 43%
Shirley Hinson 75%
SC State House 4 David Hiott Republican 73%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 50%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 40%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 67%
SC State Senate 40 Charles Bradley Hutto Democratic 60%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 60%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 55%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 67%
Kenneth Kennedy 50%
Herbert Kirsh 77%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 40%
John Land III 60%
Robert Leach, Sr. 67%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 100%
Phil Leventis 60%
SC State House 110 Harry Limehouse III Republican 77%
Lanny Littlejohn 83%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 58%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 60%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 83%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 42%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 77%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 60%
Becky Martin 75%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 100%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 60%
SC Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell Republican 60%
E. DeWitt McCraw 69%
James McGee III 54%
SC State Senate 32 John McGill Democratic 80%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 33%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 67%
William Mescher 80%
Vida Miller 54%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 58%
Tommy Moore 100%
James Neal 73%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 33%
Denny Neilson 91%
SC State House 48 Ralph Norman Republican 92%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 100%
Harry Ott, Jr. 46%
SC State House 5 Phillip Owens Republican 69%
Anne Parks 45%
Kay Patterson 60%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 80%
Robert Perry, Jr. 92%
Olin Phillips 50%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 40%
Lewis Pinson 73%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 77%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 75%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 80%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 60%
Thomas Rhoad 62%
Rex Rice 77%
Scott Richardson 100%
James Ritchie, Jr. 100%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 57%
SC State House 74 James Rutherford Democratic 29%
Greg Ryberg 80%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 58%
Wallace Scarborough 64%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 42%
Randy Scott 60%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 60%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 60%
Linda Short 60%
SC State House 46 J. Simrill Republican 67%
Phillip Sinclair 83%
SC State House 3 B. R. Skelton Republican 92%
Donald Smith 83%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 71%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 77%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 77%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 85%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 54%
Jefferson Verne Smith 100%
William Smith 82%
James Stewart, Jr. 75%
Scott Talley 69%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 85%
David Thomas 80%
Michael Thompson 62%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 62%
Ronald Parker Townsend 67%
Daniel Tripp 40%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 83%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 62%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 80%
SC State House 53 Ted Vick Democratic 62%
Thad Viers 70%
Robert Walker 75%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 69%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 54%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 46%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 75%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 80%
William Witherspoon 90%
Annette Young 88%

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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