Reports of push poll tactics emerge in South Carolina special election

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 20:59 EDT
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Democratic operatives on Wednesday alleged that congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch had been targeted by a highly-misleading and sleazy push polls.

Two women active in Democratic politics told the liberal blog Think Progress that they received such calls . The push polls, which are designed to mislead voters with a phoney survey, suggested the Democratic candidate had an abortion and served jail time, among other things.

Think Progress reported the calls occurred in February, weeks before the primary elections for South Carolina’s special election to represent the state’s 1st Congressional District. But Democratic strategist Tyler Jones told Patch that voters in the district had received the push polls in the past two weeks.

Colbert-Busch is facing disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in Tuesday’s election.

Sanford’s campaign has denied any involvement with the push polls. Unnamed Republican strategists told FITS News that supporters of Colbert-Busch had likely manufactured the incident.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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