Released to the campaign by Lake Research Partners on April 1, the study finds Colbert-Busch to lead Mark Sanford 47 percent to 44, and ahead of Curtis Bostic by nine percent (48 to 39).
Sanford and Bostic compete in an April 2 runoff to determine which wins Republican Party nomination. Tomorrow’s victor faces Colbert-Busch in the May 7 election.
The results show recent improvement, too. Previous polling from approximately one week prior showed Democrat Colbert-Busch to lead Sanford by two percent, and to be in a 43-43 tie with Bostic.
“It is clear the 1st District is hungry for the real-world leadership and business experience that Elizabeth would bring to Washington,” said campaign spokesman James Smith, “and her focus on commonsense solutions, fiscal responsibility and creating new jobs clearly resonates with voters.”
Her favorability rating also improved to 48 percent, versus 45 percent in the previous poll (24 percent unfavorable, 28 undecided).
Both Republican candidates had dominant unfavorable reception from likely voters, however, according to previous polls.
Colbert-Busch’s positive voter reception is most apparent in her home county, the recent study finds. Of likely voters from Charleston County, 61 percent note favorable opinion of her, versus only 17 percent unfavorable.
Charleston County holds 41 percent of the voters in the 1st Congressional District, according to the State Election Commission, more than any of the remaining four.
This doesn’t mean the work is over for Colbert-Busch, though. In its summary, Lake Research Partners recommends “The campaign needs to continue to introduce Colbert-Busch to voters, draw a clear contrast with her Republican opponent, and rally the base to ensure high turnout on Election Day.”