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Gordon Smith'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.

89%
2003-2004
92%
2003
73%
2001-2002
68%
1999-2000
15%
2006
10%
2005
0%
2004
14%
2003
0%
2001
20%
2000
0%
1999
20%
1997
50%
2005-2006
91%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999
87%
1997-1998
83%
1997
0%
2002
76%
2005-2006
100%
2000
100%
1999
100%
2007
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002
44%
2003-2004
44%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
40%
2001-2002
67%
1999-2000
67%
1999-2000
50%
1998
71%
1997
31%
2005-2006
31%
2005-2006
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
40%
2003
71%
2001-2002
25%
2005
75%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
71%
2001-2002
71%
2001-2002
50%
2000
40%
2003
40%
2003
71%
2001-2002
71%
2001-2002
100%
2000
33%
2002
60%
2008
60%
2008
53%
2008
53%
2008
46%
2008
46%
2008
54%
2008
54%
2008
36%
2008
36%
2008
46%
2008
46%
2008
45%
2008
45%
2008
43%
2007
43%
2007
53%
2007
53%
2007
55%
2007
55%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
52.8%
2007
52.8%
2007
47.2%
2007
47.2%
2007
44%
2007
44%
2007
56%
2007
56%
2007
51%
2006
51%
2006
46%
2006
46%
2006
54%
2006
54%
2006
46%
2006
46%
2006
60%
2006
60%
2006
53%
2006
53%
2006
45%
2006
45%
2006
39%
2006
39%
2006
50%
2005
50%
2005
50%
2005
50%
2005
48%
2005
48%
2005
51%
2005
51%
2005
48%
2005
48%
2005
51%
2005
51%
2005
51%
2005
51%
2005
46%
2005
46%
2005
67%
2004
67%
2004
56%
2004
56%
2004
45%
2004
45%
2004
54%
2004
54%
2004
0%
2004
42%
2004
42%
2004
39%
2003
39%
2003
61%
2003
61%
2003
39%
2003
39%
2003
57%
2003
57%
2003
35%
2003
35%
2003
41%
2003
41%
2003
62%
2003
62%
2003
60%
2003
60%
2003
56%
2002
56%
2002
48%
2002
48%
2002
54%
2002
54%
2002
54%
2002
54%
2002
51%
2002
51%
2002
44%
2002
44%
2002
43%
2002
43%
2002
46%
2002
46%
2002
55%
2001
55%
2001
61%
2001
61%
2001
47%
2001
47%
2001
43%
2001
43%
2001
39%
2001
39%
2001
53%
2001
53%
2001
47%
2000
47%
2000
48%
2000
48%
2000
64%
2000
64%
2000
32%
2000
32%
2000
51%
2000
51%
2000
52%
2000
52%
2000
52%
1999
52%
1999
36%
1999
36%
1999
62%
1999
62%
1999
46%
1999
46%
1999
59%
1999
59%
1999
29%
1999
29%
1999
12%
1998
12%
1998
38%
1998
38%
1998
57%
1998
57%
1998
39%
1998
39%
1998
75%
1998
75%
1998
58%
1998
58%
1998
67%
2007-2008
100%
2003-2004
100
2007
100%
2005-2006
85%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005
100%
2005-2006
91%
2003
91%
2003
87%
2003-2004
81%
2001-2002
75%
2007
86%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
12%
2003-2004
12%
2003-2004
18%
2003
18%
2003
27%
2001-2002
27%
2001-2002
25%
1999-2000
25%
1999-2000
50%
1997-1998
50%
1997-1998
25%
1997
25%
1997
0%
2001
0%
2001
40
2007
0%
2006
13%
2005
29%
2004
80%
2003
100%
2006-2012
100%
2006-2012
33%
2005-2006
33%
2005-2006
63%
2003-2004
63%
2003-2004
86%
2001-2002
86%
2001-2002
80%
2001
57%
1999-2000
57%
1999-2000
33%
1999
33%
1997-1998
33%
1997-1998
44%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
25%
2007
90%
1997-1998
90%
1997-1998
89%
2003-2004
92%
2003
73%
2001-2002
68%
1999-2000
67%
2004
100%
2005-2006
86%
2003-2004
89%
2003
88%
2001-2002
71%
2000
75%
1997-1998
14
2006
14
2006
40
2005
40
2005
56%
2006
56%
2006
25%
2005
25%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2004
80%
2003
80%
2003
36%
2002
36%
2002
31%
2001-2002
19%
2007-2008
50%
2007-2008
70%
1998-2002
46%
1997
25%
2005-2006
25%
2005
0%
2001-2004
50%
2000
50%
1999-2000
43%
1999
10%
1997-1998
17%
1997
33%
2006
33%
2006
33%
2005
33%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2002
43%
2001
43%
2001
22%
2000
22%
2000
30%
1999
30%
1999
8%
1998
8%
1998
8%
1997
8%
1997
50%
2007
0%
2006
89%
2003-2004
92%
2003
73%
2001-2002
68%
1999-2000
20%
2000
16%
1999
39%
1998
65%
1997
40
2007
0%
2006
13%
2005
29%
2004
80%
2003
86%
2002
60%
2007
40%
2005-2006
40%
2005-2006
25%
2004
0%
2003
33%
2001-2002
33%
2001-2002
0%
2001
0%
2001
12%
2003-2004
12%
2003-2004
18%
2003
18%
2003
27%
2001-2002
27%
2001-2002
25%
1999-2000
25%
1999-2000
50%
1997-1998
50%
1997-1998
25%
1997
25%
1997
90%
1997-1998
90%
1997-1998
57%
2001
100%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
0%
1999-2000
100
2007
25%
2005
75%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
100%
2007
33%
2002
0%
2001
14
2006
14
2006
40
2005
40
2005
90%
2008
100%
2006-2012
100%
2006-2012
100%
2007
100%
2004
100%
2003
40%
2002
89%
2003-2004
92%
2003
73%
2001-2002
68%
1999-2000
83%
2004
83%
2003
80%
2001
85%
1999-2000
82%
1997-1998
85%
1997
56%
2006
56%
2006
25%
2005
25%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2004
80%
2003
80%
2003
36%
2002
36%
2002
33%
2003-2004
50%
2003
25%
2006
17%
2005
43%
2003-2004
43%
2003-2004
57%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2001
25%
2000
20%
1999
17%
1997-1998
17%
1997-1998
25%
1997