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Ralph Northam'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.

25%
2011-2012
80%
2013
80%
2013
76%
2012
76%
2012
88%
2012
88%
2012
70%
2012
70%
2012
100%
2012
100%
2012
80%
2012
80%
2012
55%
2010
55%
2010
73
2010
73
2010
69
2010
69
2010
64
2010
64
2010
80%
2009
80%
2009
71
2009
71
2009
76
2009
76
2009
68
2009
68
2009
56
2008
56
2008
100%
2016
100%
2016
100%
2015
100%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2014
100%
2012
100%
2012
80%
2012
80%
2012
100%
2010
100%
2010
100%
2010
100%
2010
100%
2009
100%
2009
100
2008
100
2008
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