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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Overall Fiscal Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Charlie Crist, Jr. 84%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 68%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Joe Manchin III Democratic 67%
NE Governor Dave Heineman Republican 63%
Jim Gibbons 60%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 60%
TX Governor Rick Perry Republican 60%
Sonny Perdue 59%
Bill Richardson 59%
Ted Strickland 59%
Brad Henry 58%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 56%
Tim Pawlenty 56%
Matthew Blunt 55%
Phil Bredesen 55%
Don Carcieri 55%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 55%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 54%
Linda Lingle 53%
AR Governor Mike Beebe Democratic 52%
Michael Easley 51%
Janet Napolitano 51%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 51%
MA Governor Deval Patrick Democratic 50%
Mike Rounds 50%
Jim Douglas 49%
Chris Gregoire 49%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 49%
Jim Doyle III 47%
Ruth Minner 47%
Kathleen Sebelius 47%
Jennifer Granholm 46%
John Lynch 46%
Haley Barbour 45%
VA U.S. Senate Jr Tim Kaine Democratic 45%
Ed Rendell 42%
Dave Freudenthal 41%
Brian Schweitzer 40%
Jodi Rell 39%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 37%
Bob Riley 37%
Ted Kulongoski 34%
Jon Corzine 32%
Chet Culver 31%
Rod Blagojevich 30%
MD Governor Martin O'Malley Democratic 23%

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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