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Bill Nelson, Sr.'s Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

0%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
11%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009
10%
2007-2008
32%
2005-2006
6%
2003-2004
24%
2003
20%
2001-2002
100%
2016
100%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2013
100%
2012
100%
2011
100%
2010
100%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2007
55%
2006
75%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2001
0%
2015-2016
0%
2015
0%
2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
0%
2011-2012
0%
2011
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
25%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
100%
2017
100%
2016
100%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2014
100%
2013
100%
2012
100%
2010
100%
2008
91%
2006
100%
1996-2003
77%
2015-2016
50%
2013-2014
33%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
100%
2002
83%
2014
90%
2011
50%
2009-2010
68%
2007-2008
52%
2005-2006
73%
2015-2016
73%
2015-2016
80%
2015
67%
2014
67%
2013-2014
67%
2013-2014
67%
2013
78%
2011-2012
78%
2011-2012
100%
2007-2008
56%
2001-2002
56%
2001-2002
80%
2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
72
2007-2008
72
2007-2008
50%
2005-2006
50%
2005-2006
62%
2003-2004
62%
2003-2004
60%
2001-2002
60%
2001-2002
60%
2018
80%
2003
67%
2001-2002
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
29%
2015-2016
29%
2015-2016
60%
2013-2014
60%
2013-2014
40%
2011-2012
40%
2011-2012
80%
2003
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002
80%
2003
80%
2003
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002
100%
2017
100%
2016
100%
2015
67%
2013
86%
2011-2012
100%
2011
83%
2009-2010
75%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
82%
2005-2006
100%
2004
91%
2003
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002
73%
2015-2016
73%
2015-2016
80%
2015
67%
2014
67%
2013-2014
67%
2013-2014
67%
2013
78%
2011-2012
78%
2011-2012
67%
2002
80%
2013
80%
2013
0%
2013
73%
2013
73%
2013
0%
2013
71%
2013
71%
2013
33%
2013
33%
2013
66%
2013
66%
2013
25%
2012
25%
2012
58%
2012
58%
2012
75%
2012
75%
2012
37%
2012
37%
2012
82%
2012
82%
2012
64%
2012
64%
2012
15%
2012
15%
2012
0%
2012
56%
2011
56%
2011
48%
2011
48%
2011
55%
2011
55%
2011
64%
2011
64%
2011
44%
2011
44%
2011
37%
2011
37%
2011
41%
2011
41%
2011
52%
2011
52%
2011
57%
2010
57%
2010
54%
2010
54%
2010
38%
2010
38%
2010
47%
2010
47%
2010
62%
2010
62%
2010
42%
2010
42%
2010
43%
2010
43%
2010
0%
2010
46%
2009
46%
2009
38%
2009
38%
2009
68%
2009
68%
2009
30%
2009
30%
2009
52%
2009
52%
2009
69%
2009
69%
2009
62%
2009
62%
2009
28%
2009
28%
2009
6%
2008
62%
2008
62%
2008
65%
2008
65%
2008
79%
2008
79%
2008
20.7%
2008
20.7%
2008
91%
2008
91%
2008
36%
2008
36%
2008
0%
2008
25%
2007
25%
2007
47%
2007
47%
2007
13%
2007
13%
2007
52%
2007
52%
2007
73%
2007
73%
2007
79%
2007
79%
2007
69.8%
2007
69.8%
2007
30.2%
2007
30.2%
2007
34%
2006
34%
2006
58%
2006
58%
2006
39.7%
2006
39.7%
2006
64%
2006
64%
2006
42%
2006
42%
2006
41%
2006
41%
2006
57%
2006
57%
2006
60.3%
2006
60.3%
2006
37%
2005
37%
2005
78%
2005
78%
2005
19%
2005
19%
2005
62%
2005
62%
2005
34%
2005
34%
2005
43%
2005
43%
2005
56%
2005
56%
2005
66%
2005
66%
2005
82%
2004
82%
2004
0%
2004
43%
2004
43%
2004
55%
2004
55%
2004
79%
2004
79%
2004
13%
2004
13%
2004
82%
2003
82%
2003
29%
2003
29%
2003
60%
2003
60%
2003
65%
2003
65%
2003
10%
2003
10%
2003
71%
2003
71%
2003
35%
2003
35%
2003
34%
2003
34%
2003
38%
2002
38%
2002
42%
2002
42%
2002
41%
2002
41%
2002
59%
2002
59%
2002
36%
2002
36%
2002
56%
2002
56%
2002
56%
2002
56%
2002
59%
2002
59%
2002
27%
2001
27%
2001
71%
2001
71%
2001
70%
2001
70%
2001
61%
2001
61%
2001
20%
2001
20%
2001
27%
2001
27%
2001
0%
2017-2018
4%
2016
0%
2015-2016
0%
2015
5%
2015
0%
2014
6%
2014
6%
2011-2012
11%
2011-2012
11%
2011-2012
38%
2009-2010
38%
2009-2010
6%
2007-2008
16%
2007
14%
2006
0%
2014
0%
2014
60%
2013-2014
25%
2007-2008
57%
2005-2006
50%
2003-2004
100
2007
64%
2015-2016
63%
2015
94%
2013-2014
36%
2013-2014
65%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
80%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
25%
2013-2014
40%
2009-2010
50%
2007-2008
62%
2005-2006
57%
2003-2004
50%
2001-2002
0%
2017-2018
15%
2009
25%
2009-2010
0%
2005
20%
2003
20%
2003
100%
2013-2014
75%
2012-2013
67%
2015-2016
57%
2015
50%
2013-2014
41%
2012
57%
2011-2012
8%
2009-2010
15%
2007-2008
37%
2005-2006
26%
2003-2004
19%
2001-2002
25%
2005-2006
29%
2003-2004
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
75%
2011-2012
0%
2011-2012
57%
2011
11%
2009-2010
20%
2007-2008
25%
2005-2006
38%
2003-2004
38%
2003
100%
2010
100%
2010
0%
2015-2016
0%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
69%
2005-2006
69%
2005-2006
65%
2003-2004
65%
2003-2004
73%
2003
73%
2003
81%
2001-2002
81%
2001-2002
23%
2016
23%
2016
100%
2001
100%
2001
13%
2017
13%
2017
60%
2015-2016
60%
2015-2016
47%
2015-2016
46%
2015
86%
2013-2014
75%
2011-2012
87%
2009-2010
43%
2007-2008
57
2007
58%
2005-2006
67%
2003-2004
60%
2001-2002
50%
2001
23%
2016
23%
2016
100%
2001
100%
2001
47%
2011
67%
2010
91%
2009
90
2008
90
2007
75%
2005
86%
2004
100%
2003
50%
2006-2012
50%
2006-2012
94%
2015-2016
94%
2015-2016
100%
2014
90%
2013-2014
90%
2013-2014
70%
2011-2012
70%
2011-2012
80%
2009-2010
80%
2009-2010
90%
2007-2008
90%
2007-2008
89%
2005-2006
89%
2005-2006
75%
2003-2004
75%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001
89%
2007
100%
2007
66%
2007
100%
2007
0%
2014
0%
2014
77%
2001-2002
3%
2013
5%
2013
0%
2013
39%
2009
45%
2009
39%
2007
16%
2007
33%
2005
15%
2005
50%
2005
23%
2004
35
2003
35
2003
35
2003
39
2002
39
2002
39
2002
17%
2001
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005
100%
2005
0%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
11%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009
10%
2007-2008
32%
2005-2006
6%
2003-2004
24%
2003
20%
2001-2002
12%
2004
5%
2011-2012
8%
2011
3%
2009-2010
10%
2007-2008
33%
2005-2006
14%
2003-2004
11%
2003
38%
2001-2002
4%
2016
8%
2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
0%
2013
0%
2012
0%
2012
0%
2011
0%
2011
14%
2010
14%
2010
9%
2009
9%
2009
25%
2008
25%
2008
17%
2007
17%
2007
44%
2006
44%
2006
0%
2005
0%
2005
20%
2004
20%
2004
13%
2003
13%
2003
33%
2002
33%
2002
0%
2009-2010
6%
2007
6%
2007
2%
2015-2016
0%
2014
10%
2011-2012
48%
2001-2010
48%
2001-2010
F
2010
77%
2001-2002
0
2013-2014
19%
2011-2012
38%
2011-2012
52%
2009-2010
72%
2009-2010
9
2009-2010
71%
2009
50%
2007-2008
25%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
0%
2013-2014
25%
2011-2012
33%
2009-2010
39%
2007-2008
56%
2005-2006
78%
1998-2002
83%
2009-2012
88%
2009-2010
60%
2007-2008
68%
2007
50%
2005-2006
75%
2005
50%
2001-2004
48%
2001-2010
48%
2001-2010
75%
2013
75%
2013
44%
2012
44%
2012
55%
2011
55%
2011
79%
2010
79%
2010
50%
2009
50%
2009
60%
2008
60%
2008
36%
2007
36%
2007
22%
2006
22%
2006
56%
2005
56%
2005
38%
2004
38%
2004
70%
2003
70%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2002
14%
2001
14%
2001