South Carolina Dems won't challenge Greene's primary win

The South Carolina Democratic Party will not seek to overturn the controversial June 8 Senate primary results.


The party's executive committee Thursday night overwhelmingly rejected a plea by defeated Democratic candidate Vic Rawl to overturn the results. The vote was 38.5 to 7.5 to reject Rawl's protest.

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Committee members thanked Rawl for his service and gave him a round of applause.

Unemployed Army veteran Alvin Greene (D), who did not show up at the hearing, won last week's Senate primary with 59 percent of the vote, beating Rawl, a Charleston County councilman, by more than 30,000 votes.

Rawl's attorney had appealed to the party to overturn the results based on voting irregularities.

"Our prayer to this body is you deem this election invalid," Truett Nettles, an attorney representing Rawl told the party's executive committee. He asked for a new primary to be held, which would feature Greene and Rawl.

"We showed to you that this is an anomaly," Nettles said. "This is not a realistic return. I've never seen anything like this." He called experts to testify in his favor during the lengthy meeting.

After Greene's win, state Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler asked Greene to withdraw when reports surfaced he was arrested in November and charged with showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student.

Other Democrats have raised concerns about the results of the vote.


House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has called Greene a "plant." If he turns out to be, it wouldn't be the first time the GOP put a plant candidate in a primary.

In 1990, a GOP state operative, Rod Shealy, was convicted of breaking campaign laws when it was revealed that he ran as an unemployed black fisherman in a race for a GOP congressional seat in order to bolster support for his sister, who was then running for lieutenant governor.

This week, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) said that the Democratic Party had been unfair to the political neophyte.

"It's the Democratic Party that's not treated him respectfully," Wilson said.

The senior senator of the Palmetto State agreed.

"I hope people are not nasty toward Mr. Greene. He doesn’t deserve that," Graham said.

Wilson denied that his party had anything to do with Greene's victory.

"There's no conspiracy," the South Carolina lawmaker said. "I don't want to be judgmental, but [Democrats] should look into who is filing."

-- Molly K. Hooper contributed to this report.