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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Paul Agnew 38%
John Graham Altman III 25%
Ralph Anderson 50%
James Battle, Jr. 82%
Joan Brady 58%
Floyd Breeland 46%
Joe Brown 60%
Harry Cato 69%
Catherine Ceips 82%
Richard Chalk, Jr. 62%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 69%
Ken Clark 77%
Marty Coates 63%
Daniel Cooper 77%
William Cotty 60%
Thomas Dantzler 77%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 73%
John Drummond 67%
Dick Elliott 67%
Eldridge Emory 50%
Robert Ford 71%
Marion Frye 77%
Ben Hagood, Jr. 50%
Glenn Hamilton 55%
James Harrison 50%
Cathy Harvin 43%
Gloria Haskins 50%
John Hawkins 67%
Jesse Edison Hines 90%
Mack Hines, Jr. 83%
Shirley Hinson 69%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 50%
Kenneth Kennedy 67%
Herbert Kirsh 58%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 56%
John Land III 63%
Robert Leach, Sr. 70%
Phil Leventis 43%
Lanny Littlejohn 73%
Joseph Mahaffey, Sr. 54%
Becky Martin 73%
Glenn McConnell 78%
E. DeWitt McCraw 54%
James McGee III 62%
William Mescher 89%
Vida Miller 62%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 45%
Tommy Moore 71%
James Neal 30%
Denny Neilson 50%
Harry Ott, Jr. 64%
Anne Parks 36%
Kay Patterson 63%
Robert Perry, Jr. 83%
Olin Phillips 50%
Lewis Pinson 75%
Edward Pitts, Jr. 77%
Thomas Rhoad 55%
Rex Rice 100%
Scott Richardson 89%
James Ritchie, Jr. 89%
R. Thayer Rivers, Jr. 56%
Greg Ryberg 89%
Wallace Scarborough 58%
Randy Scott 63%
Linda Short 50%
Phillip Sinclair 50%
Donald Smith 69%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 38%
Jefferson Verne Smith 100%
William Smith 56%
James Stewart, Jr. 58%
Scott Talley 42%
Adam Taylor, Sr. 67%
David Thomas 67%
Michael Thompson 69%
Ronald Parker Townsend 70%
Daniel Tripp 56%
C. David Umphlett, Jr. 64%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 70%
Thad Viers 64%
Robert Walker 69%
William Witherspoon 75%
Annette Young 77%
SC State House 103 Carl Anderson Democratic 73%
SC State House 42 Mike Anthony Democratic 70%
SC State House 80 Jimmy Bales Democratic 58%
SC State House 122 William Bowers Democratic 58%
SC State House 61 Lester Branham, Jr. Democratic 70%
SC State House 50 Grady Brown Democratic 70%
SC State House 116 Robert Brown Democratic 70%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 42%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 55%
SC State Senate 17 Creighton Coleman Democratic 42%
SC State House 52 Laurie Funderburk Democratic 40%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 57%
SC State House 55 Jackie Hayes Democratic 67%
SC State House 121 Kenneth Hodges Democratic 70%
SC State House 91 Lonnie Hosey Democratic 54%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 70%
SC State Senate 40 Brad Hutto Democratic 75%
SC State Senate 21 Darrell Jackson Democratic 67%
SC State House 102 Joseph Jefferson, Jr. Democratic 67%
SC State Senate 22 Joel Lourie Democratic 67%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 42%
SC State Senate 29 Gerald Malloy Democratic 67%
SC State Senate 39 John Matthews, Jr. Democratic 75%
SC Lieutenant Governor John McGill Democratic 78%
SC State House 40 Walton McLeod III Democratic 42%
SC State House 31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Democratic 63%
SC State House 70 Joseph Neal Democratic 50%
SC State Senate 45 Clementa Pinckney Democratic 56%
SC State Senate 11 Glenn Reese Democratic 75%
SC State House 74 Todd Rutherford Democratic 63%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 62%
SC State Senate 26 Nikki Setzler Democratic 44%
SC State Senate 27 Vincent Sheheen Democratic 44%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 56%
SC State House 53 Ted Vick Democratic 50%
SC State House 51 J. David Weeks Democratic 67%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 33%
SC State Senate 30 Kent Williams Democratic 78%
SC State Senate 7 Karl Allen Democratic, Working Families 38%
SC State Senate 1 Thomas Alexander Republican 75%
SC Council Member 3 George Bailey Republican 75%
SC State House 71 Nathan Ballentine Republican 83%
SC State House 24 Bruce Bannister Republican 50%
SC State House 58 Liston Barfield Republican 77%
SC State House 89 Kenneth Bingham Republican 75%
SC State Senate 3 Kevin Bryant Republican 89%
SC State Senate 43 George Campsen III Republican 78%
SC State Senate 34 Ray Cleary III Republican 78%
SC State House 107 Alan Clemmons Republican 62%
SC State Senate 20 John Courson Republican 78%
SC State Senate 18 Ronnie Cromer Republican 78%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 62%
SC U.S. House 3 Jeff Duncan Republican 60%
SC State House 104 Tracy Edge Republican 67%
SC State Senate 6 Michael Fair Republican 89%
SC State Senate 16 Chauncey Gregory Republican 100%
SC State Senate 37 Larry Grooms Republican 89%
SC Governor Nikki Haley Republican 77%
SC State House 106 Nelson Hardwick Republican 75%
SC State House 114 Robert Harrell, Jr. Republican 77%
SC State Senate 15 Wes Hayes, Jr. Republican 78%
SC State House 118 William Herbkersman Republican 60%
SC State House 4 Davey Hiott Republican 82%
SC State House 85 Chip Huggins Republican 77%
SC State Senate 31 Hugh Kenneth Leatherman, Sr. Republican 88%
SC State House 110 Chip Limehouse III Republican 69%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 75%
SC State House 65 James Lucas Republican 42%
SC State Senate 2 Larry Martin Republican 78%
SC State House 99 James Merrill Republican 45%
SC State House 48 Ralph Norman Republican 67%
SC State Senate 4 William O'Dell Republican 89%
SC State House 5 Phillip Owens Republican 92%
SC State Senate 14 Harvey Smith Peeler, Jr. Republican 89%
SC State House 14 Michael Pitts Republican 64%
SC State Senate 33 Luke Rankin, Sr. Republican 63%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 69%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 62%
SC State House 3 B. R. Skelton Republican 69%
SC State House 27 Garry Smith Republican 77%
SC State House 67 Murrell Smith, Jr. Republican 54%
SC State House 84 Roland Smith Republican 77%
SC State House 88 McLain Toole Republican 77%
SC State Senate 9 Daniel Verdin III Republican 89%
SC State House 6 Brian White Republican 69%
SC State House 1 William Whitmire Republican 67%

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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