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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2018 Positions (Gubernatorial)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 53%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 54%
DE Governor John Carney, Jr. Democratic 44%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Rick Scott Republican 56%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 35%
IN Governor Eric Holcomb Republican 46%
KY Governor Matt Bevin Republican 49%
LA Governor John Bel Edwards Democratic 37%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 47%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 54%
MS Governor Phil Bryant Republican 62%
MT Governor Steve Bullock Democratic 54%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III Democratic 39%
ND Governor Doug Burgum Republican 68%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 62%
NH Governor Chris Sununu Republican 56%
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Democratic 49%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 37%
RI Governor Gina Raimondo Democratic 48%
SC Governor Henry McMaster Republican 69%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott Republican 65%
UT Governor Gary Herbert Republican 53%
VT Governor Phil Scott Republican 56%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 23%
WV Governor Jim Justice, Jr. Republican 35%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 41%
Dennis Daugaard 35%
Mark Dayton 41%
Nathan Deal 59%
Mary Fallin 45%
Bill Haslam 46%
John Hickenlooper 45%
John Kasich 62%
Paul LePage 67%
Dan Malloy 48%
Susana Martinez 73%
Matt Mead 61%
Butch Otter 56%
Bruce Rauner 59%
Brian Sandoval 47%
Rick Snyder 55%
Scott Walker 49%

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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