MANNING -- More than 400 people -- including a throng of national media -- have filled the Manning Junior High School gymnasium to hear from Alvin Greene, the Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful whose unlikely primary win thrust him onto the national stage.
The 300 seats set up for Greene's first public appearance since unexpectedly winning the June 8 primary are all filled. The parking lot of the relatively new school is filled with cars and news media trucks.
And counting the 15 video cameras trained on the stage, it's a packed house.
Greene, 32, an unemployed veteran who upset political favorite Vic Rawls with 100,000 votes, is on stage sitting behind a row of people who are speaking this afternoon. Among the speakers are state Rep. Cathy Harvin, D-Clarendon. Greene is quietly waiting for his turn; he's wearing a dark suit with a white shirt. Audience members are in their Sunday best, and they easily outnumber journalists.
Check back for more on Greene's appearance later.