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Sanford, Colbert Busch Tied, Sort of

May 3, 2013

A new poll has Republican former Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch tied in their Lowcountry congressional race.

The survey done on behalf of GOP-leaning Red Racing Horses website has the race closer than the 9 percentage point lead that Colbert held in a poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling last week.

Of the 650 likely voters, the candidates each received 46 percent of the support, while seven percent remain undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Red Racing's poll ran from Monday through Wednesday. The candidates met in their only debate Monday.

The survey group voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama last year by a margin of 13 percentage points. The district went for Romney by 18 percentage points.

Red Racing Horses says it is a "collaborative community of politics and election enthusiasts" run by six unnamed volunteers and that polls are paid with reader donations. PMI Inc. of Florida said it conducted the S.C. poll for Red Racing, which has a private website registration listing.

Sanford and Colbert Busch, the sister of TV comedian Stephen Colbert, are vying in the Tuesday special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate.


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