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Ben Cardin's Ratings and Endorsements

Office:

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.

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2017-2018
9%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
0%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2009
7%
2007-2008
3%
2005-2006
3%
2003-2004
5%
2003
8%
2001-2002
10%
1999-2000
100%
2019
100%
2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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2013
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2012
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2011
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2001
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2000
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1999
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1997
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1996
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2019-2020
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2019
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2017-2018
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2015-2016
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2015
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2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
0%
2011-2012
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2011
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2009-2010
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2007-2008
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2005-2006
0%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
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1999-2000
0%
1999
5%
1997-1998
8%
1997
0%
1996
100%
2020
100%
2019
100%
2018
100%
2017
100%
2016
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2015
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2014
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2014
100%
2013
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2012
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2010
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2008
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2006
100%
2001
100%
1999
100%
1995-2003
100%
1995-1998
98%
1993-1996
0%
2019-2020
0%
2019-2020
0%
2017-2018
38%
2015-2016
50%
2013-2014
33%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
100%
2001
83%
2014
50%
2011
50%
2009-2010
70%
2007-2008
23%
2005-2006
50%
2000
27%
1999
25%
1995-1996
14%
1993-1994
95%
2020
100%
2017
100%
2017
90%
2015-2016
90%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2015
83%
2014
83%
2013-2014
83%
2013-2014
83%
2013
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011-2012
80%
2007-2008
14%
2001-2002
14%
2001-2002
50%
1991-1992
100%
2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
91
2007-2008
91
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
50%
2003-2004
50%
2003-2004
90%
2001-2002
90%
2001-2002
83%
1999-2000
83%
1999-2000
78%
1998
43%
1997
73%
1996
100%
1995
88%
1994
78%
1993
0%
2018
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
89%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005
100%
2003-2004
80%
2001-2002
40%
2019-2020
40%
2019-2020
75%
2017-2018
75%
2017-2018
86%
2015-2016
86%
2015-2016
60%
2013-2014
60%
2013-2014
40%
2011-2012
40%
2011-2012
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
89%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
66%
2000
100%
2019-2020
100%
2019-2020
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
89%
2003
89%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2020
100%
2019
92%
2018
100%
2017
100%
2016
100%
2015
100%
2013
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
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2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2020
100%
2020
100%
2017
100%
2017
90%
2015-2016
90%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2015
83%
2014
83%
2013-2014
83%
2013-2014
83%
2013
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011-2012
57%
2020
83%
2019
100%
2018
100%
2017
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015
87%
2013-2014
100%
2013
85%
2011-2012
80%
2011
89%
2009-2010
100%
2009
83%
2007-2008
50%
2007
85%
2005-2006
83%
2005
89%
2004
89%
2003
100%
2001-2002
88%
1999-2000
66%
1999
50%
1997
75%
1995-1996
75%
1995
67%
1993-1994
0%
2006
100%
2003
100%
2003
73%
2013
73%
2013
0%
2013
86%
2013
86%
2013
82%
2013
82%
2013
8%
2013
71%
2013
71%
2013
0%
2013
64%
2012
64%
2012
85%
2012
85%
2012
13%
2012
13%
2012
10%
2012
10%
2012
0%
2012
0%
2012
88%
2012
88%
2012
86%
2012
86%
2012
17%
2011
17%
2011
83%
2011
83%
2011
52%
2011
52%
2011
19%
2011
19%
2011
87%
2011
87%
2011
8%
2011
48%
2011
48%
2011
81%
2011
81%
2011
65%
2010
65%
2010
47%
2010
47%
2010
83%
2010
83%
2010
0%
2010
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2010
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2010
88%
2010
88%
2010
17%
2010
17%
2010
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2009
88%
2009
55%
2009
55%
2009
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2009
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2009
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2009
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2009
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2009
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85%
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6%
2008
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2008
14.3%
2008
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2008
65%
2008
13%
2008
13%
2008
86%
2008
86%
2008
0%
2008
91%
2008
91%
2008
77%
2008
77%
2008
24%
2007
24%
2007
19.8%
2007
19.8%
2007
80.2%
2007
80.2%
2007
79%
2007
79%
2007
16%
2007
16%
2007
13%
2007
13%
2007
81%
2007
81%
2007
74%
2007
74%
2007
24%
2006
24%
2006
0%
2006
83%
2006
83%
2006
14.3%
2006
14.3%
2006
75%
2006
75%
2006
94%
2006
94%
2006
85.7%
2006
85.7%
2006
14%
2006
14%
2006
23%
2005
23%
2005
32%
2005
32%
2005
67%
2005
67%
2005
72%
2005
72%
2005
8%
2005
27%
2005
27%
2005
91%
2005
91%
2005
77%
2005
77%
2005
18%
2004
18%
2004
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2004
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2004
62%
2004
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2004
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2004
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2004
81%
2004
81%
2004
73%
2004
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2004
9%
2003
32%
2003
32%
2003
87%
2003
87%
2003
66%
2003
66%
2003
73%
2003
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2003
24%
2003
24%
2003
77%
2003
77%
2003
26%
2003
26%
2003
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2002
25%
2002
30%
2002
30%
2002
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2002
67%
2002
29%
2002
29%
2002
32%
2002
32%
2002
74%
2002
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2002
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2002
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2002
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2002
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2002
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2000
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2000
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2000
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2000
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2000
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2000
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2000
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2000
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1999
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1999
79%
1999
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1999
12%
1999
12%
1999
31%
1999
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1999
20%
1999
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1999
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1999
69%
1999
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1998
79%
1998
0%
1998
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1998
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1998
24%
1998
24%
1998
64%
1998
64%
1998
75%
1998
75%
1998
27%
1996
27%
1996
75%
1996
75%
1996
67%
1996
67%
1996
72%
1996
72%
1996
25%
1996
25%
1996
32%
1996
32%
1996
100%
2003
100%
2017-2018
0%
2021-2022
5%
2020
25%
2019-2020
25%
2019-2020
3%
2018
0%
2017-2018
2%
2016
0%
2015-2016
2%
2015
0%
2015
0%
2014
2%
2014
9%
2011-2012
2%
2011-2012
0%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
8%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2014
0%
2014
71%
2017-2018
67%
2015-2016
90%
2013-2014
70
2011-2012
80%
2009-2010
50%
2007-2008
20%
2013-2014
50%
2007-2008
25%
2003-2004
100
2007
0%
2017-2018
0%
2006
0%
2006
9%
2009
19%
2003
19%
2003
66%
2013-2014
50%
2012-2013
18%
2017-2018
50%
2015-2016
43%
2015
50%
2013-2014
33%
2012
43%
2011-2012
15%
2009-2010
23%
2007-2008
5%
2005-2006
23%
2003-2004
14%
2001-2002
21%
2019-2020
20%
2019-2020
0%
2017-2018
17%
2015-2016
17%
2015-2016
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
36%
2011-2012
44%
2011
9%
2009-2010
55
2007-2008
17%
2005-2006
13%
2005
17%
2003-2004
0%
2003
14%
2001-2002
11%
2001
10%
1999-2000
20%
1997-1998
40%
1997
30%
1995-1996
10%
2005-2006
17%
2003-2004
67%
2019-2020
40%
2017-2018
67%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2011-2012
25%
2011-2012
42%
2011
22%
2009-2010
40%
2007-2008
25%
2005-2006
31%
2003-2004
31%
2003
100%
2010
100%
2010
29%
2017-2018
29%
2017-2018
29%
2015-2016
29%
2015-2016
49%
2013-2014
49%
2013-2014
94%
2005-2006
94%
2005-2006
62%
2003-2004
62%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100%
2003
82%
2001-2002
82%
2001-2002
73%
1999-2000
73%
1999-2000
58%
1997-1998
58%
1997-1998
55%
1997
55%
1997
80%
1995-1996
80%
1995-1996
35%
2003-2004
64%
2020
50%
2019
37%
2019
37%
2018
50%
2018
29%
2017
37%
2017
50%
2016
37%
2016
37%
2015
50%
2015
36%
2014
50%
2014
36%
2013
38%
2013
35%
2012
38%
2012
45%
2011
27%
2010
35%
2010
43%
2009
35%
2008
63%
2008
45%
2007
40%
2006
40%
2005
43%
2004
37%
2003
55%
2002
35%
2001
42%
2000
28%
1999
25%
1998
40%
1997
25%
1996
80%
2019-2020
80%
2019-2020
60%
2017-2018
60%
2017-2018
54%
2016
54%
2016
94%
2019
100%
2017-2018
100%
2017-2018
28%
2017
28%
2017
60%
2015-2016
60%
2015-2016
77%
2019-2020
71%
2017-2018
94%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2013-2014
75%
2011-2012
93%
2009-2010
93%
2007-2008
86
2007
86%
2005-2006
79%
2003-2004
87%
2001-2002
88%
2001
86%
2000
85%
1999
81%
1997-1998
83%
1997
62%
1996
0%
1997-1998
100%
2021-2022
0%
2004
80%
2019-2020
80%
2019-2020
60%
2017-2018
60%
2017-2018
54%
2016
54%
2016
74%
2011
67%
2010
91%
2009
90
2008
90
2007
100%
2005
100%
2004
83%
2003
80%
2015
43%
2014
33%
2013
63%
2012
33%
2006-2012
33%
2006-2012
100%
2019-2020
100%
2019-2020
100%
2017-2018
100%
2017-2018
95%
2015-2016
95%
2015-2016
100%
2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
88%
2005-2006
88%
2005-2006
77%
2003-2004
77%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
91%
1999
100%
1997-1998
100%
1997-1998
67%
1995-1996
67%
1995-1996
89%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
75%
2007
0%
2014
0%
2014
93%
2019
100%
2017-2018
100%
2017
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2013
100%
2011
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007
97%
2005-2006
96%
2005
90%
2003-2004
95%
2003
89%
2001-2002
86%
2001
87%
2000
82%
1999
73%
1995-1996
100%
1991-1992
100%
1991-1992