Unemployed Veteran Stuns SC Democratic Party With Surprise Primary Win

An unemployed military veteran has stunned South Carolina Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

32-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning defeated 64-year-old Vic Rawl of Charleston in Tuesday's primary. Rawl is a former judge and legislator, who had about $186,000 cash available and had already scheduled a fundraising event for Thursday.

DeMint on Tuesday easily won the Republican primary over little-known former Democrat Susan Gaddy in his quest Tuesday toward a second Senate term.

Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler says she hasn't seen Greene since he filed to run. She says Greene will be a much weaker candidate than Rawl going into November against tea party favorite DeMint.

She says people who didn't know either candidate and voted alphabetically may help explain Greene's win.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Seems racist to believe he cannot be elected after he paid his own registration. Did you ever consider that people in SC are fed up with the incumbants or are you still in denial from loosing the Kennedy seat?
  • by anonymous Location: eastern nc on Jun 13, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    All the Democratic who are running for office in South Carolina will be losing in November. It is under investigation under SC Democratic Party. Some of the Democratic officals in SC will not supported it.
  • by king on Jun 11, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    Noooooooo we don't miss Bush, He leaves behind his legacy every day. Life is like a box of chocolates, never know what you gonna git until you open it. Just like Obama will effect us for years, so is Bush.
  • by Annette Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2010 at 06:12 AM
    This guy reminds me of SARAH PALIN, dumb as dirt. I hope the Dems wont support him like the Repugs did with Palin. Looks like a scam and plant to me, where did the money come from? NS@1:54 I agree with you.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jun 10, 2010 at 10:54 PM
    SC has "open" primaries-you can vote in either one no matter how you are registered. i.e Republicans can vote in Democratic primaries (not allowed here in NC).There will be an investigation into this-should be interesting. Anon.-the head of the SC Dem. party has already asked him to resign. He raised no funds, is unemployed, but paid $10,500 for registration fee? hmmm.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 10, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    Actually Derek, I wondered how you slept at night after you voted for Obama. His ineptness, overspending, takes no actions on the spill....you should be up all night! Obama is the reason now, we all miss Bush....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    I cant imagine why this guy won. Any ideas?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 at 04:33 AM
    Derek, I believe if he was a Republican, the Democrats would have already pushed him out of the running for his past history or he would be in jail.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    "Derek", your comment was the most childish of all. This is a simple case of long established and thoroughly proven fact, blacks will vote for the black democrat candidate regardless of what he has done. They simply do not care about criminal activities, moral standards, drug use, lack of skill, lack of experience or anything else. They vote RACE, not just above all other factors, but as the most important of just TWO factors, BLACK and DEMOCRAT!! "Derek", if he was an unemployed republican veteran, he would have already gotten a job and would no longer be unemployed. "Derek", don't be such a hypocrite yourself and so frightened of the truth...but hey, whatever makes YOU sorry people sleep better at night. Being a champion of TRUTH makes me sleep well.....very well.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    I bet you hypocrites wouldn't be making the childish comments you are if he was an unemployed republican veteran. What ever makes you sorry people sleep better at night....
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