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      Colbert Busch moves ahead in new poll

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- New polling shows Elizabeth Colbert Busch pulling ahead of her 1st Congressional District election competition.

      A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows Colbert Busch has expanded her lead to 9 points over Mark Sanford at 50% to 41%. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt came in with 3%.

      The poll shows Colbert Busch has a 51% to 35% advantage with independent voters.

      The poll shows Sanford has a long way to go when it comes to favorability. 38% of responders said they have a favorable opinion of the former governor. 56% of people said they had an unfavorable opinion. 7% were unsure.

      It remains to be seen if recent accusations of trespassing against Sanford will hurt him in the upcoming election. 35% of poll responders said the charges levied by ex-wife Jenny Sanford give them very serious doubts about Mark Sanford's fitness for public office. 16% said they have somewhat serious doubts. 44% of people said they have no doubts at all.

      PPP surveyed 796 likely voters from April 19th to 21st. The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.5%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP says its surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.

      A special election for the 1st district will be held May 7th. The district covers portions of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Beaufort counties.

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