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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2008-2010 Overall Fiscal Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 74%
Bobby Jindal 71%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 66%
Tim Pawlenty 66%
Dave Freudenthal 63%
Don Carcieri 62%
Brad Henry 62%
Jim Gibbons 61%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Republican 61%
Bob Riley 61%
Brian Schweitzer 61%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Republican 60%
Jay Nixon 59%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 58%
Bill Richardson 57%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 56%
Jim Douglas 56%
ME Councilor At-Large Joseph Baldacci Democratic 55%
Martin O'Malley 55%
Steve Beshear 54%
Haley Barbour 53%
Phil Bredesen 53%
Jennifer Granholm 53%
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 53%
Dave Heineman 51%
ND U.S. Senate Sr John Hoeven Republican 51%
Linda Lingle 51%
FL U.S. House 13 Charlie Crist, Jr. Democratic 49%
Ted Strickland 49%
Mike Beebe 47%
Chet Culver 47%
Jack Markell 47%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 47%
Deval Patrick 43%
John Lynch 41%
Jan Brewer 40%
Bev Perdue 40%
Ed Rendell 40%
Chris Gregoire 39%
Jim Doyle III 35%
Bill Ritter, Jr. 35%
Pat Quinn 30%
Jodi Rell 28%
David Paterson 25%
Ted Kulongoski 19%

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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