September 6th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

New Senate candidate in South Carolina race?

South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene is unlikely to defeat Republican Jim DeMint in November.
South Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene is unlikely to defeat Republican Jim DeMint in November.

(CNN) – Jim DeMint and Alvin Greene have some company.

A high school social studies teacher from Greenville, South Carolina will launch a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate this week, CNN has learned.

The goal, said the teacher, Greg Snoad, is to offer Republicans, Democrats and independents "a chance to make a symbolic vote for civil political discussion."

Snoad, who is active in Democratic politics, told CNN that Greene's unexpected victory in June's Democratic primary made the outcome of the Senate race all but certain.

Greene, a political neophyte who was indicted in August on obscenity charges, stands almost no chance of defeating DeMint, his Republican opponent, in November.

"The way the race has worked out, I think a lot of people are looking for an alternative to the kind of political discourse we have now," Snoad said. "I think this race provides us with an opportunity to give people a chance to cast a vote for that kind of symbolism that maybe another race that's more competitive wouldn't have provided."

Snoad said he has no illusions about unseating DeMint and called his effort "a purely symbolic campaign" that will be conducted almost entirely using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

"I would not do this in a race where I could affect the outcome, because I am not running to win the office," he said.

Snoad is not the first write-in candidate in the race; Mazie Ferguson, an attorney from Sumter, announced a bid last month. Tom Clements is running as the Green Party nominee.


Filed under: 2010 • Alvin Greene • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Independent One

    Thank God...Demint has a real opponent

    September 6, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Anonymous

    No mention of Tom Clements, the Green Party candidate?

    September 6, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. David

    This Alvin Greene is obviously a plant. I don't know how he could have won the primary. Investigate this further!

    September 6, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue my South Carolina citizens is the fact that some or most of you on the Democratic side do not understand the meaning of being serious with your candidates. To allow a candidate such as Greene to represent your party in a U.S. Senatorial election is an embarrassment to your citizenry.

    September 6, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Livin the good life

    Yea...the more the merrier! Let's spice things up this time around and let the choices be made. Let the cards fall where they may. Some races may even end up being better than some of the so called "reality" show crap that only 2% of the people watch on TV and they still think that's "real"! Beau Colby

    September 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. jim

    Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon to trash Alvin Greene but they don't say much about Obama.Obama needs to go stand in a corner of the oval office of the W.H.with a "dunce" cap firmly planted on his head.

    September 6, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    PLEASE – 'anybody' –

    else who represents ALL (more so leaning toward the LEFT) –

    That's Intelligent –

    Without corruption –

    That the RepubliCAN'Ts did not have their hands on in the way of providing funds for GREENE to be elected so that GREENE can make a 'spectacle' out of himself and African Americans –

    Yes, anyone who has a genuine goal should run INSTEAD of GREENE – PERIOD!

    My POINT and my CASE!

    September 6, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Tea Party hangover

    I'd vote for Greene in this race. He couldn't do much worse than the others. I bet, atleast he's less corrupt

    September 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Zach

    Vote early, vote often. Vote Greene. Greene for Prez in 2012.

    September 6, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Ryan

    I've known Greg Snoad for over 15 years now and I can honestly say he's an extraordinary person with the ability to host intelligent, balanced discussions to help produce workable practical solutions for the problems people face in society. I couldn't think of a better person to run for this seat. I hope people take a good hard look at what he's offering and decide for themselves.

    September 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. michele

    Even though he is on the democratic side, i don't believe he will do a good job representing the democrats especially since he has a background of charges and he's possibly better than other people but he's still corrupt. There's no way he wil be able to represent the people well.

    September 6, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |