The influential Club for Growth released a scorecard Tuesday showing how faithfully every member of Congress hewed to the group's fiscally conservative views during votes in 2012.
The club uses the scores as part of the process to judge whether they will endorse a candidate — a move that sometimes results in millions of independent expenditures on the candidate's behalf.
But the 2012 scores — from one to 100 percent with 100 percent being the most "pro-growth" — are particularly illuminating in states like Georgia, where a number of Republican House members are angling for potential Senate bids:
- Rep. Paul Broun, the only officially declared candidate for the open Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., scored 100 percent in 2012. He has a lifetime score of 99 percent.
- Rep. Phil Gingrey, a likely candidate, got 89 percent in 2012 and has a lifetime score of 85 percent.
- Rep. Jack Kingston, another likely candidate, got 85 percent in 2012 and has a lifetime score of 82 percent.
- Rep. Tom Price, a potential candidate, scored 86 percent last year and has a lifetime score of 94 percent. Price said he won't make a decision about a campaign until May.
- Rep. Tom Graves, who may also run for Senate, scored 93 percent, in 2012. He has a lifetime score of 96 percent.