|SC||U.S. House||1||Mark Sanford, Jr.||Republican||96%|
|NA||U.S. Secretary of Agriculture||Sonny Perdue||Republican||67%|
|FL||U.S. House||13||Charlie Crist, Jr.||Democratic||64%|
|NA||U.S. Secretary of Energy||Rick Perry||Republican||64%|
|WV||U.S. Senate||Sr||Joe Manchin III||Democratic||58%|
|Bill Ritter, Jr.||42%|
|SD||U.S. Senate||Jr||Mike Rounds||Republican||41%|
|Jim Doyle III||31%|
|Mitch Daniels, Jr.||25%|
|ND||U.S. Senate||Sr||John Hoeven||Republican||6%|
Special Interest Groups
Rating Group: The Cato Institute
2008-2010 Spending Score
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.
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