Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch are tied in their increasingly heated battle for South Carolina’s first congressional district, according to a new poll from Red Racing Horses.
The poll – posted to the GOP-leaning website on Thursday – shows both candidates receiving 46 percent of the vote with 7 percent of voters undecided, results which jibe very well with other recent polling data we’ve published.
Most interestingly, in a hypothetical 2014 matchup for this same seat the Red Racing Horses poll shows Colbert-Busch trailing S.C. State Senator Larry Grooms – whose candidacy for this seat we endorsed two months ago – by a 47-40 percent margin.
“The disparate results among two candidates with similar ideologies suggests that Sanford’s personal troubles are indeed the main reason for Colbert-Busch’s strong performance in the heavily Republican district,” the pollsters conclude.
And they would be right …
With all the latest data showing this race as a virtual (and in this case an actual) tie, Sanford’s political comeback from his 2009 scandal has now reached its moment of decision. And while on the one hand it’s embarrassing that he’s tied with a Democrat in a district that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won by 18 points last November, Sanford can take comfort in the fact that he’s no longer nine points down.
For more information on this survey (including methodology, etc.), click on the link below …