June 14th, 2010
02:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene opponent challenges S.C. primary results

The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene (above) in the South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election, citing 'strange circumstances' surrounding the vote.
The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene (above) in the South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election, citing 'strange circumstances' surrounding the vote.

(CNN) – The Democrat who lost to political unknown Alvin Greene in last Tuesday's South Carolina Senate primary is formally contesting the results of the election.

His fate now rests with the state Democratic Party's 92-member executive committee, which will meet on Thursday to hear evidence of the challenge and decide whether to throw out the primary results - an unlikely prospect, Democrats say, without precedent in South Carolina politics.

Charleston City Councilman Vic Rawl said Monday he is filing the protest with the state party because there is "a cloud over Tuesday's election," which Greene won by a 59-41 margin over Rawl.

Speaking to reporters in Charleston, Rawl cited "strange circumstances" surrounding the primary vote including "irregularities" in the election results and "the well-documented unreliability" of South Carolina voting machines.

Greene attracted national curiosity when he won the primary despite not having waged any kind of formal campaign. But Rawl, a former state legislator, had little statewide name recognition and did not run a television or radio ad in the run-up to the vote.

Neither candidate bears much of a chance against the Republican incumbent, Sen. Jim DeMint, come November.

Rawl cast his protest as benevolent, saying his goal is not to bump Greene from the general election ballot but to help fix the state's electoral process for future campaigns.

"I would like to speak directly to Mr. Greene and say: 'Sir, this is not about you, and it's not about me. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in the weeks and months ahead,'" Rawl said, according to prepared remarks released by his campaign.

If the state party decides against Rawl, he could potentially take his case all the way to the state Supreme Court. Greene could also file a formal protest of his own if the state party decides to alter the primary results.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this story


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Stephen Real

    This is the Balloon Boy all over again. I put a thousand dollars down to all betters this was an con job! Anyone in these here United States want to put their money where their mouth is? You get a thousand dollars if the Balloon Boy Of South Carolina is telling the truth as testified by the Judge. Any takers for my $1000.00 bet

    June 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    SC has open primaries. Of the votes cast on Tuesday, only 25% were cast for rethugliban candidates – even in heavily rethugliban districts. The vast majority of votes cast on Tuesday were for Alvin Greene – even in heavily rethugliban districts. Facts being what they are, the voters in SC want Alvin Greene to be their next Senator. Perhaps DeMented should just resign his seat to Mr. Greene right now to save himself a whole lot of embarrassment. The people have spoken, right teabaggers?!

    June 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. mk

    This guy is such a plant he has now grown roots. Crooked politics in SC, what a surprise!

    June 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Ann

    Wow, is Mr. Vic Rawl racist? Same electronic voting machine gave the unknown Obama 55% of the votes in the 2008 primaries. The Democratic party didn't contest the results. All Clinton haters were so happy at that time.

    June 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. MatthewDetroit

    If anyone knows how to cheat and rig and election it is the democrats.

    The entire ACORN controversy and fraudulently registering voters is clear.

    Pretty funny the Dems are mad about cheating when the cheats in their own party beat them.

    Maybe we need to vote IN PERSON, WITH PICTURE ID, and you ink a thumb when you vote. It seems to work in IRAQ.

    Herer we put people on buses and we vote absentee like it is going out of style. You CANT rent a movie from blockbuster without ID but you can vote....

    What a joke.

    June 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Karl in Charleston,SC

    The cloud over the election is the Democratic party's throwing in the towel before even before the primary.

    June 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. yodey504

    this stuff is funny south carolina what a joke

    June 14, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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