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James DeMint'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.

100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
97%
2001-2002
96%
1999-2000
45%
2011
0%
2010
0%
2009
0%
2008
0%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2001
0%
2000
0%
1999
100%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
91%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999
100%
2009-2010
100%
2001
50%
2009-2010
23%
2007-2008
70%
2005-2006
100%
2000
82%
1999
0%
2007
28%
2011-2012
28%
2011-2012
0%
2007-2008
71%
2001-2002
71%
2001-2002
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009-2010
0
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
40%
2001-2002
33%
1999-2000
33%
1999-2000
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
22%
2003
0%
2001-2002
100%
2011
0%
2005
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
33%
2000
22%
2003
22%
2003
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
50%
2011
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007
10%
2005-2006
0%
2001-2002
28%
2011-2012
28%
2011-2012
2%
2012
7%
2012
13%
2012
13%
2012
97%
2012
97%
2012
3%
2012
86%
2012
86%
2012
96%
2012
96%
2012
100%
2011
100%
2011
89%
2011
89%
2011
0%
2011
74%
2011
74%
2011
6%
2011
14%
2011
14%
2011
86%
2011
86%
2011
26%
2011
26%
2011
0%
2010
87%
2010
87%
2010
0%
2010
90%
2010
90%
2010
0%
2010
72%
2010
72%
2010
79%
2010
79%
2010
10%
2010
10%
2010
95%
2009
95%
2009
3%
2009
0%
2009
5%
2009
84%
2009
84%
2009
95%
2009
95%
2009
0%
2009
94%
2009
94%
2009
92.3%
2008
92.3%
2008
0%
2008
95%
2008
95%
2008
79%
2008
79%
2008
4%
2008
84%
2008
84%
2008
8%
2008
0%
2008
93.8%
2007
93.8%
2007
0%
2007
93%
2007
93%
2007
6.2%
2007
6.2%
2007
0%
2007
91%
2007
91%
2007
10%
2007
10%
2007
89%
2007
89%
2007
92%
2006
92%
2006
92.5%
2006
92.5%
2006
89%
2006
89%
2006
7.5%
2006
7.5%
2006
0%
2006
0%
2006
82%
2006
82%
2006
8%
2006
22%
2005
22%
2005
0%
2005
78%
2005
78%
2005
22%
2005
22%
2005
76%
2005
76%
2005
77%
2005
77%
2005
26%
2005
26%
2005
65%
2005
65%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2004
0%
2003
94%
2000
94%
2000
0%
2000
22%
2000
22%
2000
0%
2000
76%
2000
76%
2000
79%
2000
79%
2000
97%
1999
97%
1999
91%
1999
91%
1999
0%
1999
0%
1999
84%
1999
84%
1999
4%
1999
98%
2011-2012
98%
2011-2012
96%
2009-2010
96%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
91%
2007
100%
2006
100%
2005-2006
0
2007
80%
2007-2008
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2000
100%
1999
100%
2013-2014
90%
2013-2014
25%
2013-2014
75%
2013-2014
25%
2013-2014
66%
2009-2010
16%
2007-2008
50%
2005-2006
100%
2009
100%
2009
75%
2009-2010
100%
2005
92%
2005
92%
2005
64%
2011-2012
85%
2009-2010
91%
2007-2008
84%
2005-2006
88%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
88%
2005-2006
92%
2003-2004
85%
2011
77%
2009-2010
80%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
50%
2009-2010
50%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
55%
2003-2004
0%
2010
0%
2010
8%
2003-2004
8%
2003-2004
33%
2003
33%
2003
5%
2001-2002
5%
2001-2002
13%
1999-2000
13%
1999-2000
35%
2003-2004
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
14%
2011
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007
20%
2005-2006
20%
2005-2006
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
8%
2003-2004
8%
2003-2004
33%
2003
33%
2003
5%
2001-2002
5%
2001-2002
13%
1999-2000
13%
1999-2000
7%
2009-2010
15%
2007-2008
29
2007
17%
2005-2006
5%
2003-2004
7%
2001-2002
0%
2001
21%
2000
23%
1999
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
26%
2011
11
2008
0
2007
0%
2005
50%
2003
0%
2012
83%
2006-2012
83%
2006-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
0%
2005-2006
0%
2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001-2002
0%
2001
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
0%
2007
100%
2012
100%
2011
99%
2011
100%
2010
99%
2010
99%
2009
100%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2007
100%
2006
96%
2005
100%
2004
96%
2003
100%
2002
100%
2001
100%
2000
91%
1999
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
97%
2001-2002
96%
1999-2000
60%
2004
91%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
93%
2001-2002
14
2007-2008
14
2007-2008
7
2007
14
2006
14
2006
13
2005
13
2005
80%
2011
80%
2011
100%
2010
100%
2010
97%
2009
97%
2009
100%
2008
100%
2008
94%
2007
94%
2007
100%
2006
100%
2006
75%
2005
75%
2005
91%
2004
91%
2004
96%
2003
96%
2003
93%
2002
93%
2002
100%
2009-2010
30%
2007
30%
2007
99%
2011-2012
96%
2001-2010
96%
2001-2010
A
2010
90%
2011
80%
2011
100%
2010
97%
2009-2010
97%
2009-2010
98%
2009-2010
98%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
95%
2009
100%
2009
90%
2009
79%
2007-2008
79%
2007-2008
90%
2007
43%
2006
50%
2004
57%
2004
38%
2003
65%
2002
75%
2001
65%
2000
63%
1999
13%
2011-2012
7%
2009-2010
82
2009-2010
13%
2009-2010
13%
2009
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
75%
2007-2008
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
92%
2005-2006
85%
1998-2002
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007
0%
2005-2006
13%
2005
9%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
29%
1999-2000
96%
2001-2010
96%
2001-2010
22%
2011
22%
2011
8%
2010
8%
2010
20%
2009
20%
2009
0%
2008
0%
2008
0%
2007
0%
2007
33%
2006
33%
2006
11%
2005
11%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2002
0%
2001
0%
2001
0%
2000
0%
2000
36%
1999
36%
1999
97%
2011-2012
97%
2011-2012
96%
2009-2010
96%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
91%
2007
100%
2006
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
97%
2001-2002
96%
1999-2000
0%
2011-2012
100%
2001
100%
2000
23%
2003-2004
29%
2003
0%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
2000