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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2003-2008 Overall Fiscal Policy Score

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

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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