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Mark Sanford Retakes Lead In SC-1

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Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford has retaken the lead in his congressional comeback bid – erasing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch’s nine-point lead in just two weeks according to the results of the latest Public Policy Polling survey.

With less than 24 hours to go before polls open, Sanford enjoys a narrow 47-46 percent advantage over Colbert-Busch – with third party candidate Eugene Platt getting the support of four percent of voters and another four percent undecided.

On April 22, Colbert-Busch led Sanford by a 50-41 percent margin, according to PPP – a Democratic-leaning firm based in North Carolina.

“The special election in South Carolina couldn’t be much closer,” PPP president Dean Debnam said. “At this point it’s just a question of whether voters are more put off by Mark Sanford or the Democrats in Washington.”

PPP has been extremely accurate in its polling of South Carolina races over the last two election cycles – and its latest survey is consistent with a slew of recent polls showing this race to be a dead heat. The firm polled 1,239 likely voters in the first district between May 4-5. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.

PPP SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT POLL (.pdf)

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