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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Leadership Project for America

2016 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
FL U.S. Senate Sr Marco Rubio Republican 92%
KY U.S. Senate Jr Rand Paul Republican 76%
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic 39%
NA President Donald Trump Republican 59%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 89%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 84%
NA U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson Republican 79%
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Democratic 42%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 78%
TX U.S. Senate Jr Ted Cruz Republican 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 39%
Joe Biden, Jr. 44%
Jeb Bush 83%
Lincoln Chafee 51%
Chris Christie 66%
Hillary Clinton 37%
Carly Fiorina 79%
Jim Gilmore III 67%
Mike Huckabee 63%
Bobby Jindal 85%
John Kasich 76%
Martin O'Malley 40%
George Pataki 56%
Rick Santorum 78%
Scott Walker 93%
Jim Webb, Jr. 57%

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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