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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Goldwater Institute

2010 Total Score

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
Ron Gould 83%
Russell Pearce 79%
Jack Harper 78%
AZ State Senate 6 Sylvia Allen Republican 75%
David Braswell 74%
AZ U.S. House 5 Andy Biggs Republican 71%
Chuck Gray 71%
Carl Seel 71%
AZ State Senate 22 Judy Burges Republican 69%
Thayer Verschoor 69%
Steve Pierce 68%
Ted Vogt 68%
AZ State Senate 23 John Kavanagh Republican 67%
Steve Montenegro 67%
Debbie Lesko 66%
Rick Murphy 65%
Laurin Hendrix 64%
John Huppenthal 64%
Robert Burns 63%
AZ State Senate 15 Nancy Barto Republican 61%
David Gowan, Sr. 61%
Barbara Leff 61%
Frank Antenori 60%
Linda Gray 60%
Al Melvin 60%
Amanda Reeve 60%
Jim Weiers 60%
Cecil Ash 59%
Ed Bunch 59%
Doug Quelland 59%
Vic Williams 59%
Kirk Adams 58%
Steve Court 58%
David Stevens 58%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jerry Weiers Republican 58%
AZ State Senate 17 Steven Yarbrough Republican 58%
Lucy Mason 57%
Rich Crandall 56%
Adam Driggs 56%
John McComish 56%
John Nelson 56%
AZ Mayor At-Large Jay Tibshraeny 56%
Ray Barnes 55%
Nancy McLain 55%
Warde Nichols 55%
Tom Boone 54%
Doris Goodale 54%
Bill Konopnicki 54%
AZ State Senate 8 Frank Pratt Republican 54%
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan Republican 54%
Andy Tobin, Sr. 54%
Russ Jones 53%
Amanda Aguirre 48%
Carolyn Allen 48%
Manny Alvarez 43%
Jorge Garcia 43%
Barbara McGuire 43%
AZ State House 27 Rebecca Rios Democratic 43%
Ken Cheuvront 42%
Matthew Heinz 42%
Leah Landrum Taylor 42%
Albert Hale 39%
Linda Lopez 39%
Lynne Pancrazi 39%
Chad Campbell 38%
Eric Meyer 38%
AZ State Senate 30 Robert Meza Democratic 38%
Jack Brown 37%
Chris Deschene 37%
Rae Waters 37%
Nancy Young Wright 37%
Cloves Campbell, Jr. 36%
Debbie McCune Davis 36%
Ben Miranda 36%
Ed Ableser 35%
Daniel Patterson 35%
AZ U.S. House 9 Kyrsten Sinema Democratic 35%
Paula Aboud 34%
AZ State Senate 10 Dave Bradley Democratic 34%
Meg Burton Cahill 34%
Tom Chabin 34%
Martha Garcia 34%
Phil Lopes 34%
David Lujan 34%
AZ Council Member At-Large David Schapira Democratic 34%
Pat Fleming 33%
Anna Tovar 33%
AZ State Senate 9 Steve Farley Democratic 32%
AZ State Senate 3 Olivia Cajero Bedford Democratic 31%

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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