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“He has not been abandoned by donors,” says Russ Choma, an analyst with Open Secrets, a watchdog group that tracks campaign finances.

“On Tuesday, Sanford faces a runoff against Curtis Bostic, an ally of Sen. Scott,” says Mr. Choma, noting that recent campaign finance filings from the candidates show Mr. Sanford with “a wide lead,” moneywise.

Mr. Bostic has some high profile conservative support from Rick Santorum. Mr. Sanford, meanwhile, is getting help from outside the Palmetto State. “Of the 81 individuals who opened their wallets for Sanford in the run-up to the last filing, 13 were from out of state and gave a combined $14,800. Sanford’s donors have also been generous, giving a median contribution of $1,000,” Mr. Choma says.

BUSCH: I’M WINNING

And about that aforementioned South Carolina race Tuesday: Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch says she’s ahead of both her Republican male rivals, and has a poll to prove it. A Lake Research Partners survey of 500 likely special election voters shows she’s ahead with 47 percent of the vote. Mr. Sanford garnered 44 percent, Mr. Bostic 39 percent.

“Elizabeth has shown she is a real world problem-solver who will stand up to the dysfunctional, partisan politics of Washington,” observes her spokesman James Smith.

POLL DU JOUR

• 45 percent of Americans are expecting a tax refund this year.

• 30 percent of that number will save or invest the money, 27 percent will use it for an emergency fund, 17 percent for home improvement and 9 percent on a vacation.

• 8 percent will use the refund for a large purchase like a car, 7 percent “don’t know” what they will do with it and 2 percent will “splurge” on clothes or jewelry.

• 31 percent of Americans fear there will be a delay in getting a refund “because of sequestration.”

• 20 percent feared there would be a shortage of tax forms because of sequestration.

• 18 percent fear an IRS tax audit.

Source: A MainStreet/GFK Roper survey of 1,006 U.S. adults conducted March 15 to 17 and released Monday.

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