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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2016 Spending Score (Gubernatorial)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 54%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 92%
FL U.S. Senate Jr Rick Scott Republican 71%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 10%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 41%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 49%
MS Governor Phil Bryant Republican 50%
MT Governor Steve Bullock Democratic 62%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 60%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 52%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Maggie Hassan Democratic 40%
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Democratic 32%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 30%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 28%
RI Governor Gina Raimondo Democratic 54%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott Republican 44%
UT Governor Gary Herbert Republican 30%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 29%
Robert Bentley 43%
Terry Branstad 28%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 22%
Sam Brownback 68%
Chris Christie 57%
Jack Dalrymple 47%
Dennis Daugaard 67%
Mark Dayton 49%
Nathan Deal 40%
Mary Fallin 100%
Nikki Haley 32%
Bill Haslam 56%
John Hickenlooper 35%
John Kasich 40%
Paul LePage 60%
Dan Malloy 53%
Jack Markell 55%
Susana Martinez 57%
Terry McAuliffe 44%
Patrick McCrory 69%
Matt Mead 85%
Jay Nixon 36%
Butch Otter 38%
Bruce Rauner 79%
Brian Sandoval 54%
Peter Shumlin 38%
Rick Snyder 52%
Earl Tomblin 66%
Scott Walker 44%

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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