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Losing SC Senate candidate to discuss results

Jun 14, 2010 11:17:00 AM - thestate.com
The former state lawmaker who lost South Carolina's U.S. Senate Democratic primary to an unknown, unemployed military veteran said Monday he will discuss an analysis of election results.

Vic Rawl says two experts unaffiliated with his campaign have found voting irregularities in his June 8 Democratic primary against Alvin Greene.

Greene, 32, stunned state party leaders June 8 when he defeated Rawl in the primary by an 18-point margin. Neither candidate had done much campaigning, but Greene had raised no money and had no ads or website. Rawl had raised about $186,000 and already had planned a fundraiser to prepare for a general election campaign against Republican juggernaut U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

A day after the primary, state Democratic Party leaders asked Greene to step down after The Associated Press broke word that he faces a felony charge stemming from a November arrest for obscenity. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn has said he thinks someone put Greene up as a shell candidate to embarrass the Democratic Party and has asked state and federal authorities to probe the situation.

But Greene, who has made the rounds on cable television shows in the days since his unexpected win, says he won't leave the race. Greene insists he saved for two years to pay the $10,000 filing fee and won honestly by relying on old-fashioned campaigning.

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