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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1998 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican A
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican A-
SD State Senate 24 Jeff Monroe Republican A+
SD Council Member At-Large Kermit Staggers A+
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens B
SD Commissioner At-Large Jim Lintz A
Kenneth Albers B
Robert Benson B-
Eric Bogue A
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. B+
Roger Brooks A+
Don Brosz A
Arnold Brown B-
Jarvis Brown B+
Richard Brown A-
William Cerny, Jr. A-
Roland Chicoine B+
Judy Clark C
Kevin Crisp A
Steve Cutler A+
H. Dennert A-
Michael Derby A
Larry Diedrich A-
Elmer Diedtrich A-
Robert Drake A
Jay Duenwald A
J.P. Duniphan A-
James Dunn A-
Rebecca Dunn B+
Robert Duxbury B
Scott Eccarius A+
H. Junior Engbrecht A
Barbara Everist A-
Deb Fischer-Clemens A
Carol Fitzgerald C+
Charles Flowers A
Randall Frederick A
Arthur Fryslie A
Cooper Garnos C
Richard Hagen A
Richard Hainje A-
Harold Halverson A+
Gary Hanson B+
Roger Hunt A+
James Hutmacher A
Mike Jaspers A
Kent Juhnke A
Douglas Kazmerzak C
Ted Klaudt A
Marguerite Kleven B-
Frank Kloucek A+
Gilbert Koetzle B
Claire Konold A-
Clarence Kooistra A
John Koskan A
Gerald Lange A-
James Lawler B
Joanne Lockner B-
Larry Lucas C
Cheryl Madden A
Alice Lucille McCoy A
Kenneth McNenny A+
Garry Allen Moore A
Donald Munson A
William Napoli A
Mel Olson A+
Keith Paisley C+
William Peterson B
Willard Pummel A+
J.E. Putnam A
John Reedy B
Mitchell Richter A
Robert Roe B+
Louis Sebert A-
Jerry Shoener B+
Walter Slaughter B
Orville Smidt A
Burdette Solum C
Daniel Sutton C
Drue Vitter B+
Ron Volesky B-
Alfred Waltman A+
Robert Weber B
Kenneth Wetz A
Fred Cavanaugh Whiting A
Mike Wilson B
Richard Wudel B
Mark Young A

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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