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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC State House 36 Rita Allison Republican 100%
SC Council Member 3 George Bailey Republican 100%
Liston Barfield 100%
J. Gresham Barrett 100%
Henry Brown, Jr. 100%
SC State Senate 43 Chip Campsen III Republican 100%
Harry Cato 100%
SC Treasurer Converse Chellis III 100%
Thomas Dantzler 100%
Tracy Edge 100%
John Felder 100%
Dr. Margaret Gamble 100%
Robert Harrell, Jr. 100%
Charles Harris 100%
Terry Edward Haskins 100%
Shirley Hinson 100%
Thomas Keegan 100%
Mark Stephen Kelley 100%
Marion Hardy Kinon 100%
Larry Labruce Koon 100%
Stephen Lanford, Sr. 100%
James Norris Law 100%
Robert Leach, Sr. 100%
SC State House 19 Dwight Loftis Republican 100%
Rudolph Marion Mason 100%
James McGee III 100%
Woodrow Maxie 'Woody McKay 100%
SC State Senate 2 Rex Rice Republican 100%
Alfred Burgess Robinson, Jr. 100%
Edith Rodgers 100%
SC State House 2 William Sandifer III Republican 100%
Charles Ray Sharpe 100%
Roland Smith 100%
SC Superintendent of Education Molly Mitchell Spearman Republican 100%
Ronald Parker Townsend 100%
David Horton Wilkins 100%
William Witherspoon 100%
Thomas Woodrum 100%
Annette Young 100%
John Riser 99%
Teddy Norman Trotter 99%
James Harrison 98%
Scott Beck 97%
Thomas Rhoad 97%
William Daniel Boan 96%
Eugene Creighton Stoddard 96%
Elsie Rast Stuart 96%
Lanny Littlejohn 95%
Joseph McMaster 95%
Olin Phillips 95%
Lewis Raymond Vaughn 95%
Bryon Webb 95%
Daniel Cooper 94%
Chip Limehouse III 94%
E. DeWitt McCraw 94%
Victoria Mullen 94%
Robert Walker 94%
SC State House 43 Greg Delleney, Jr. Republican 92%
Denny Neilson 92%
Donny Wilder 92%
William Jeffrey Young 92%
William Smith 91%
Charles Alexander Harvin III 90%
Douglas Jennings, Jr. 90%
Jennings Gary McAbee 90%
SC State House 122 Bill Bowers Democratic 89%
Glenn Hamilton 89%
John Hawkins 89%
James Klauber 89%
André Bauer 88%
Kenneth Kennedy 88%
Jake Knotts, Jr. 88%
Becky Martin 88%
Lynn Seithel 88%
Michael Stewart Whatley 88%
William Cotty 87%
Ronald Fleming 87%
Michael Easterday 86%
Bradley Jordan 86%
SC State House 69 Richard Quinn, Jr. Republican 86%
John Graham Altman III 81%
Herbert Kirsh 81%
SC State House 46 Gary Simrill Republican 81%
Guy Davenport, Jr. 80%
Daniel Tripp 79%
Marion Pinckney Carnell 78%
SC State House 82 William Clyburn, Sr. Democratic 78%
James Battle, Jr. 76%
Becky Richardson 76%
Becky Richardson 76%
Harry Carl Stille 76%
Harry Raymond Askins 75%
Brenda Lee 74%
J. Cordell Maddox, Jr. 72%
James Mann Cromer, Jr. 71%
Walton McLeod III 70%
Theodore Brown 69%
Timothy Castles Wilkes 66%
Vida Miller 58%
Curtis Inabinett 57%
John Michael Baxley 54%
Joe Brown 52%
Amos Lee Gourdine 47%
SC State House 72 James Smith, Jr. Democratic 47%
SC State House 95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Democratic 44%
Jesse Edison Hines 44%
SC State Senate 19 John Scott, Jr. Democratic 43%
SC State House 76 Leon Howard Democratic 42%
Walter Lloyd 40%
Robert Joseph Sheheen 39%
Willie McMahand, Sr. 35%
SC State House 113 Seth Whipper Democratic 34%
Alma Weaver Byrd 32%
Floyd Breeland 29%
Grady Brown 29%
SC State House 109 David Mack III Democratic 29%
Bessie Moody-Lawrence 28%
Clementa Pinckney 28%
SC State House 66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Democratic 25%
Fletcher Smith, Jr. 21%
Wilbur Lucius Cave 20%
Ralph Canty 18%
Mack Hines, Jr. 17%
Joseph Neal 16%

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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