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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Social)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Aaron Schock 48%
Allyson Schwartz 78%
Heath Shuler 55%
Steve Southerland 0%
Pete Stark 85%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Marlin Stutzman 26%
John Sullivan 32%
Betty Sutton 77%
Lee Terry 48%
John Tierney 85%
Ed Towns 76%
Bob Turner 21%
Joe Walsh 46%
Mel Watt 85%
Henry Waxman 85%
Allen West 21%
Lynn Westmoreland 0%
Ed Whitfield 44%
Frank Wolf 39%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
Bill Young 40%

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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