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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Conservative (Foreign)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Aaron Schock 58%
Allyson Schwartz 25%
Heath Shuler 44%
Steve Southerland 91%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 51%
Marlin Stutzman 66%
John Sullivan 91%
Betty Sutton 32%
Lee Terry 59%
John Tierney 8%
Ed Towns 12%
Bob Turner 49%
Joe Walsh 54%
Mel Watt 24%
Henry Waxman 14%
Allen West 91%
Lynn Westmoreland 91%
Ed Whitfield 51%
Frank Wolf 59%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
Bill Young 52%

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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