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  SC: Governor Sanford Has Solid Lead

Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

July 27, 2005

Election 2006

South Carolina Governor

Mark Sanford (R) 52%
Frank Willis (D) 31%


Election 2006

South Carolina Governor

Mark Sanford (R) 52%
Tommy Moore (D) 30%



August 4, 2005--First-term Governor Mark Sanford holds a solid lead over potential challengers in his bid for re-election.

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Sanford leads Frank Willis by a 52% to 31% margin and Tommy Moore by a 52% to 30% margin.

Willis is currently serving as Mayor of Florence. Moore is a state Senator. Neither challenger's name is recognized by half of the state's voters.

Regardless of who emerges as the Democrat's nominee, the candidate will have an uphill fight on their hands. Sanford's Job Approval rating is at 64% in the Palmetto State.

President Bush earns a 58% Approval Rating in South Carolina.

The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted July 27, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports July 27, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 40% of survey respondents were Republican, 33% Democrat, and 27% unaffiliated (see Methodology)

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