The Washington Times - April 1, 2013, 03:59PM

Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s campaign released poll numbers Monday that showed the Democrat leading Republicans Curtis Bostic and Mark Sanford in potential general election matchups.

The poll from Lake Research Partners gives Mrs. Colbert Busch, the sister of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, a 47 percent to 44 percent lead over Mr. Sanford, a former governor, and a 48 percent to 39 percent lead over Mr. Bostic, a former Charleston County councilor.

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“It is clear the 1st District is hungry for the real world leadership and business experience that Elizabeth would bring to Washington and her focus on common-sense solutions, fiscal responsibility and creating new jobs clearly resonate with voters,” campaign spokesman James Smith said in a press release.

Mr. Sanford and Mr. Bostic face off Tuesday in the Republican primary runoff, with the winner facing Mrs. Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in a May 7 special election.

The seat in the heavily Republican district opened up after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to former Sen. Jim DeMint seat, which he left to take over the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Mr. Sanford, meanwhile, is trying to make a political comeback after he disappeared from the state as governor in order to carrying on what became a very public extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur, an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged.

Conducted between March 25 to March 27, the Lake Research Partners survey included 500 likely special election voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.