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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2016 Tax Rate Score (Gubernatorial)

State Office District Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 48%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 48%
CA Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. Democratic 48%
CO Governor John Hickenlooper Democratic 48%
CT Governor Dan Malloy Democratic 32%
FL Governor Rick Scott Republican 48%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 48%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 48%
ID Governor Butch Otter Republican 48%
IL Governor Bruce Rauner Republican 48%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 50%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 48%
ME Governor Paul LePage Republican 65%
MI Governor Rick Snyder Republican 48%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 47%
MS Governor Phil Bryant Republican 48%
MT Governor Steve Bullock Democratic 48%
NA Vice President Mike Pence Republican 74%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 48%
NH U.S. Senate Jr Maggie Hassan Democratic 52%
NM Governor Susana Martinez Republican 65%
NV Governor Brian Sandoval Republican 39%
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Democratic 57%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 63%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 60%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 48%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 43%
RI Governor Gina Raimondo Democratic 46%
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican 31%
TN Governor Bill Haslam Republican 48%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott Republican 52%
UT Governor Gary Herbert Republican 48%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 48%
WI Governor Scott Walker Republican 48%
WY Governor Matt Mead Republican 48%
Robert Bentley 46%
Terry Branstad 48%
Sam Brownback 38%
Chris Christie 48%
Jack Dalrymple 67%
Nikki Haley 48%
Jack Markell 48%
Terry McAuliffe 48%
Patrick McCrory 80%
Jay Nixon 48%
Peter Shumlin 45%
Earl Tomblin 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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