Alvin Greene soundly defeated in bid for state legislature seat
February 16th, 2011
11:39 AM ET
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Alvin Greene soundly defeated in bid for state legislature seat

Washington (CNN) - Surprise candidate Alvin Greene was soundly defeated in his second bid for elective office on Tuesday. He captured only 37 votes or just about one percent of the 3,892 cast in a Democratic primary to fill a state legislature seat to cover an area including his hometown of Manning, South Carolina.

Greene originally shocked the political world when as a political novice he won an upset victory in South Carolina's U.S. Senate Democratic primary last year.

Many Democrats urged Greene to pull out of that race after his win because of criminal charges alleging he had previously shown pornography to a college student against her wishes. He has pleaded not guilty. He also gained national notoriety when he gave halting performances during television interviews at times unable to answer reporters' questions.

In the general election, Greene lost badly to incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint 62-28 percent.

In the state legislature seat election Tuesday, Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson won the contest with 2,369 votes.

Contacted at his home on Wednesday, Greene said "yes, yes, yes definitely" when asked if he was disappointed but continued "this is just the start." He would not provide any details of what his plans are.

Describing his future as "a work in process," he said "this is not going to be all" and "we have to wait and see."

Greene was not seen campaigning much during the race for this seat.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jamie from Riverside

    OK so the republicans don't have a monopoly on weirdos running for public office.

    February 16, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. w l jones

    It time for Alvin Greene to go the way of the modle T. lol.

    February 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Tom Koch

    While the Greene story is interesting, I find it more notable that Kevin Bohn of CNN evidently has no sense of simple math. Rather than the ".01%" mentioned in the story, Greene received about 1.0%. Those darn, pesky decimal points...

    February 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I bet he'd have better luck in Minnesota. They love electing oddball candidates.

    February 16, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Somehow... I don't know how, but SOMEHOW... the liberals are STILL going to think this clown is a "Republican plant". Idiots.

    February 16, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    Still waiting to hear where he actually got his filing fees from.

    February 16, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Reggie from LA

    I think he just got shocked. 37 is about the right size for immediate and extended family and some high school buds.
    That should just about do it. The message should be pretty clear at this point???

    February 16, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Socialist idiot

    Why would the democrats ruin their best hope? He's the poster boy for democrats all over the world. He's the best democrat ever.

    February 16, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Taho

    He got 1% of the vote, not .01%
    .01% would be one one-hundredth of one percent, or less than half a vote.
    Do any of your editors know basic math?

    February 16, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Robert - Atlanta

    Except he is NOT a Democrat, he is a republican plant, a straw-man built by republican operatives outside the district to subvert free elections! The GOP recruited him, paid all his fees and supported him financially to avoid an honest election with a real Democratic candidate. The GOP, Becker-heads and ‘Baggers are afraid of honest elections; they know most Americans reject their hate filled rhetoric, lunatic conspiracy theories and un-American attempt to subvert free elections.

    February 16, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    DeMint ran against a nobody to win and it will be his legacy along with Greenes. LOL

    February 16, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is further evidence that the South Carolina primary was fixed by the extremist faction of the South Carolina Republican Party. This state is a fanatical hotseat of these neo-con jihadists.

    February 16, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Amazing how Democrats vote when we dont let Republicans mess with our vote.....

    February 16, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Socialist least has the 'idiot' part correct.

    Alvin Green's case exemplifies the difference between [R]s and [D]s. Politics is a 'human' enterprise so it should come as no surprise that both political persuasions have their fair share of people with crap-for-brains. The difference is that in the [D] party these types of people tend to sink out of sight, as Mr. Green is doing, while in the [R] party these odorous types rise to the very top. You have to have a severe mental deficit to be associated with the malignant [R] party these days.

    February 16, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. no einstein

    I'm no Einstein, but 37 out of 3892 is just shy of 1%. Shoddy mainstream journalism as usual...

    February 16, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And this is a big surprise for what reason?

    February 16, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    The funniest thing of all is that, at his worst, believe it or not, he's better than Demented!! And I'm WHITE!!

    February 16, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Several investigations into the first election tend to point to Republicans crossing over and voting for this guy in the first place to set up what happened yesterday. What? You don't think the GOP would stoop to that? Really?!?!?!?!

    February 16, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Tim

    Reggie, I was thinking the same thing. How many people in his family voted for him to reach that number. But I doubt even his family would vote for him. Must be people who made mistakes or REALLY hated the other candidates with a passion. I seriously wonder what job he would be able to keep, God Bless him. All you others who are just spouting venom that he's Democratic poster boy, blah, blah, blah. Do you really have a purpose other than to pi$$ people off? Is that fun for you? Why don't you go do something productive?

    February 16, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Mark

    This guy is an idiot too. Pathetic.

    February 16, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |