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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2012 House Liberal (Foreign)

State Office District Name Party Rating
Aaron Schock 42%
Allyson Schwartz 75%
Heath Shuler 56%
Steve Southerland 0%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 48%
Marlin Stutzman 30%
John Sullivan 0%
Betty Sutton 68%
Lee Terry 35%
John Tierney 89%
Ed Towns 88%
Bob Turner 50%
Joe Walsh 43%
Mel Watt 75%
Henry Waxman 85%
Allen West 0%
Lynn Westmoreland 0%
Ed Whitfield 48%
Frank Wolf 35%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
Bill Young 46%

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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