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. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Jerk cheater Neo-Confederates up to no good as usual planting this guy. Limbaugh and his propeller head buddies advocate intentionally sabotaging primary results and interring with the election process. Only losers and frauds would resort to these tactics. Don't complain about allegedly Acorn cheating when the propellor-heads make sabotage their official strategy.

    June 14, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Why is it that everytime a liberal loses they can't handle the results with Grace and dignity? Everytime the scream and cry like a little baby that the results weren't fair (just like Al Gore)....

    That is what happens when you allow liberal mentality to permeate society – like not keeping score in little league and everyone getting the same trophy from first to last place....can't deal with winning and loosing and this is what you get!

    Liberalism is a mental disorder!

    June 14, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Thinker

    Greene received more votes than were cast in one county. I'd be questioning the results also.

    June 14, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. A.B.

    I believe that Mr. Greene is a plant for the South Carolina Republican Party and the primary results should be invalidated. Furthermore, the South Carolina Democrats should request a federal and state investigation into this matter since it involves probable electoral fraud. Mr. Greene is not a legitimate democratic candidate for the senate seat. The South Carolina Republicans were behind this stunt and should be called on it!! I hope that a through federal and state investigation is done and criminal charges are filed against Mr. Greene and the republican operatives. This cannot stand!!

    June 14, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Bedtime for Obonzo

    God forbid that the Democratic Party will actually allow some democracy to occur. And for those of you of think the results were some sort of GOP conspiracy, please point to a single fact in evidence that would support it. Greene has already explained that the $10,000 filing fee came from his Army savings.

    June 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. BlackUSAguy

    It is not about any candidate. It is about possible corruption in the political system. Do anybody remember what Nixon did? The GOP will do anything to win. Remember George Bush lying about Iraq and weapons. Anything to win. The so-called "ladies" of present GOP crowd throwing personal mud and petty cat fights.

    June 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Captain Awesome

    Something smells fishy with this guy. I wouldn't be surprised if Rahm Emmanuel were involved in some way, since cheating is the democrat way. Can this guy even name one president other than obama?

    June 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. T

    This is a joke......I SMELL A RAT........no good something is wrong

    June 14, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. bill richburg

    Are we really considering throwing out an election for no other reason than some people do not like the result? Surely it takes more than that to nullify an election in America.

    June 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. mike

    Democrats – the people have spoken, you can't change it just because you don't like what was said. The people of South Carolina spoke out against the political machine, and said they would rather have someone alleged to be facing charges than a member of the democrat political machine in their state.

    June 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. TBOregon

    So let me get this straight. In the Democratic primary, Democrats elected someone other than the "rich guy" so the "rich guys" (The political elitists) feel they've been wronged? WOW! This doesn't say much for the objectors.

    June 14, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Chasemel

    I find this to be hilarious.

    Americans will vote for anyone. They voted for this guy with no inkling of who he is or what he stands for. Maybe he's an alien! That'll show 'em!

    June 14, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans didn't reall know who Rand Paul was until after he was elected and a day after he showed the World that he is totally incompetent. Democrats, don't let Greene do the same thing, get him out now.

    June 14, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. ja

    lesson learned, take no one for granted

    June 14, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Chanel

    There is no way that he paid the 10 grand necessary to run, on his own. Obviously this is a Republican plant and we'll see if Democrats call their bluff.

    June 14, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. What Goes Around

    This whole thing smells to high heaven. Before you bleeding hearts start crying about the "everyman" and the "elitism" of the party for questioning these results, listen to any of the interviews Greene has given and you will see that the man can barely acknowledge his candidacy, let alone offer a platform or even his reasons for running. I'm all for people coming from nowhere to run for office, but I don't think it's too much to expect that those people can articulate their positions and explain why you should vote for them.

    And, yes, I've been interviewed on national TV and know how intimidating it is, but I was not running for public office.

    June 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Jann in Denver

    I heard the CNN interview with this man yesterday and he sounded so stupid that he must be a Republican plant.

    June 14, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Angus McDugan

    The Dems are being very racist.

    June 14, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    It is easy to question Greene and Rawl. The real issue is why didn't the Dems know about Greene early on and will they risk denying the Dems who voted for him? The next issue is where is the proof he is a GOP plant? If anybody has evidence they need to come forward! if not, the "plant" story is just opinion, sour grapes, and a lack of responsibility on the liberal side! ! ! If there is evidence, then that is criminal (Just like the Romanoff and Sestak issues).

    June 14, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. thor

    This is a shameful disrespect being shown to the democratic voters in S.C. who went and voted for Mr. Greene.All because the leadership of the party didn't like the outcome of the election.

    June 14, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. beth

    I feel sorry for this man. It's so obvious that he's being used by the Republican party. What I can't figure out is why if DeMint has a lock on the election, did the Republicans feel it was necessary to plant this guy.

    June 14, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Stephen Real

    What an obvious political scam this is.
    If the FBI doesn't find out who rigged this,
    I'd fire them and send in the Federal Marshals
    and if they couldn't do the job, I send in the Justice department.
    But anyone can see this is a complete set up
    and this Greene character is a "mark" and a "plant".
    Someone is challanging the authority of the Federal government to monitor a free and fare election.
    I would have my men on the ground today going through the records like a pack of wild dogs.
    I want the fix-it man and I want him now!
    This is no time for political cowardice.

    This has the ghost of Lee Atwater written all over it.

    June 14, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Pragmatic

    This is going to be interesting! Follow the money trail!

    June 14, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. File under "Sarcasm"

    South Carolina Democrats are hypocrites! If one of their favorite good old boys doesn't win the primary, they decided it's somehow a conspiracy and try to figure out a way to overturn it. Maybe they should throw out the winning candidate and see how many votes they get in the general election.

    June 14, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Mark from Louisiana

    What is wrong with this Greene guy? If you have ever listed to Bobby Rush or the guy who was appointed to obama's senate seat you will realize being smart is not a requirement for being elected to the senate on the democratic side.

    June 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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