SC Dems Stick With Greene
Party rejects Vic Rawl's primary challenge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2010 1:22 AM CDT
Updated Jun 18, 2010 6:51 AM CDT
Vic Rawl attends the Democratic Party's Executive Committee to protest the election results in Rawl's senate campaign against Alvin Greene.   (AP Photo/Greenville News, Heidi Heilbrunn)
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(Newser) – Alvin Greene will be South Carolina's Democratic nominee for the US Senate, the executive committee of the state's Democratic Party decided last night. The committee rejected defeated candidate Vic Rawl's bid to oust the surprise nominee and hold a new primary, the State reports. Rawl argued that faulty voting machines were responsible for Greene's win. His appeal was turned down by a 5-1 margin.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler told the meeting she "did try to convince" Greene not to run, "not because I knew of something in his past but because he seemed so naïve about what it took to run for office." Greene—who is facing a felony obscenity charge—didn't attend the meeting, although Fowler said she had "encouraged" him to be there.