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Heidi Heitkamp'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.

36%
2015-2016
7%
2013-2014
20%
2015
81%
2015-2016
50%
2013-2014
78%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
50%
2015
57%
2014
57%
2013-2014
57%
2013-2014
50%
2013
67%
2016
0%
2018
100%
2014
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
38%
2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
39%
2015
67%
2015
11%
2014
11%
2014
0%
2014
0%
2014
100%
2015-2016
89%
2015-2016
92%
2015
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2017-2018
100%
2013-2014
100%
2012-2013
38%
2016
38%
2016
7%
2017
7%
2017
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
38%
2016
38%
2016
85%
2015-2016
85%
2015-2016
100%
2014
85%
2013-2014
85%
2013-2014
36%
2015-2016
7%
2013-2014
0%
2013
5%
2016
0%
2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
0%
2013
0%
2013-2014
9%
2015-2016
4%
2014
0%
2014
0%
2014
25%
2015-2016
25%
2015-2016
30%
2015
21%
2014
21%
2014
13%
2013-2014
13%
2013-2014
40%
2013
13%
2013-2014
100%
2015-2016
50%
2013
50%
2013
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
38%
2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
39%
2015
67%
2015
11%
2014
11%
2014
67%
2013
38%
2016
38%
2016
0%
2015-2016
0%
2015-2016
45%
2015-2016
45%
2015-2016
78%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
78%
2015-2016
0%
2014
33%
2017-2018
33%
2017-2018
16%
2013-2014
16%
2013-2014
0%
2014
33%
2015-2016
33%
2015-2016
40%
2015
0%
2014
57%
2013
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
50%
2015
57%
2014
57%
2013-2014
57%
2013-2014
50%
2013
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
38%
2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
39%
2015
67%
2015
11%
2014
11%
2014
0%
2014
100%
2017
100%
2016
86%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2013
9%
2015-2016
4%
2014
34%
2015-2016
6%
2013-2014
13%
2018
13%
2017
13%
2017
13%
2016
30%
2016
10%
2015
8%
2015
6%
2014
11%
2014
2%
2013
2%
2013
83%
2015
88%
2013-2014
88%
2013-2014
88%
2013-2014
88%
2013-2014
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
57%
2014
57%
2014
57%
2013-2014
57%
2013-2014
0%
2012
0%
2012
81%
2015-2016
50%
2013-2014
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
50%
2015
57%
2014
57%
2013-2014
57%
2013-2014
50%
2013
0%
2013
0%
2018
50%
2013-2014
67%
2013
90%
2013-2014
90%
2013-2014
86%
2013
0%
2014
38%
2016
38%
2016
100%
2017
100%
2016
86%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2013
10%
2017
10%
2017
27%
2016
27%
2016
13%
2015
13%
2015
0%
2014
0%
2014
0%
2013
0%
2013
0%
2013
58%
2015-2016
58%
2015-2016
61%
2015
61%
2015
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013-2014
57%
1993-2018
57%
1993-2018
52%
1993-2014
52%
1993-2014
50%
2014
100%
2014
20%
2015
11%
2015-2018
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
50%
2015
57%
2014
57%
2013-2014
57%
2013-2014
50%
2013
33%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
67%
2013
100%
2013-2014
2%
2017-2018
2%
2017-2018
14%
2017
14%
2017
14%
2016
14%
2016
2%
2015-2016
2%
2015-2016
13%
2015
13%
2015
0%
2015
0%
2015
7%
2014
7%
2014
0%
2013
0%
2013
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013
57%
2017-2018
45%
2013
58%
2015-2016
58%
2015-2016
61%
2015
61%
2015
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013-2014
57%
1993-2018
57%
1993-2018
52%
1993-2014
52%
1993-2014
85%
2015-2016
85%
2015-2016
100%
2014
85%
2013-2014
85%
2013-2014
33%
2017-2018
33%
2017-2018
50%
2018
55%
2017-2018
58%
2017
52%
2017
50%
2016
53%
2016
45%
2015-2016
45%
2015
61%
2014
61%
2013-2014
69%
2013
69%
2013