Jobless Guy Who Didn't Campaign Wins SC Primary

Alphabet helped, says Democratic chief
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2010 5:51 AM CDT
Alvin Greene won close to 60% of the vote in South Carolina's Democratic primary for the US Senate.   (South Carolina Democratic Party)

(Newser) – Alvin Greene's surprise victory in South Carolina's Democratic Senate primary has left much of the state asking: "Who?" The 32-year-old unemployed Army veteran had no campaign funds and no website but still managed to defeat former judge Vic Rawl, and will now be running against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint this fall, the AP reports.

Greene, who paid the $10,000 filing fee and all other campaign expenses out of his own funds, may have won because people unfamiliar with either candidate "voted alphabetically," says the chair of South Carolina's Democratic Party. But Greene will take it, he tells Mother Jones: "I'm not concentrating on how I was elected—it's history. I’m the Democratic nominee—we need to get talking about America back to work."

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