SC Loser Lodges Formal Protest
Rawl blames machines for Greene's win
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 1:27 AM CDT
Former South Carolina judge and state Rep. Vic Rawl announces that he will formally protest the results of the June 8 primary.   (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

(Newser) – Vic Rawl is crying foul over his defeat by total unknown Alvin Greene in the South Carolina Democratic primary for the US Senate. Rawl, a former judge and state lawmaker, has filed a formal protest with the state's Democratic Party over what he calls the "strange circumstances" surrounding his loss to Greene, an unemployed Army veteran, AP reports.

Rawl, who received 41% of the vote to Greene's 59%, says he suspects his loss was the result of either faulty voting machines or malfunctioning software. He says several people have told him they pressed his name on the touch-screen ballot, only to see Greene's name apppear. "I sat on the bench for 12 years and I have a pretty good nose," Rawl tells the Charleston Post-Courier. "This does not smell right."