Democrats meet Thursday afternoon to discuss a protest filed against their candidate for U.S. Senate.
The South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee is holding its primary protest hearing this afternoon in Columbia. Alvin Greene, who has been a focus of national media for a week, received 60 percent of the vote in last week’s primary over Vic Rawl, a better-known political figure. This week Rawl filed a protest, saying his campaign has found problems with the voting machines or machine software. Rawl says some voters complained that they tried to vote for him but that the machine they used cast a ballot for Greene.
A state Election Commission official says there is no reason to believe that any voting machines failed.
Also, some Democratic leaders asserted that Greene, who didn’t file the proper paperwork, was actually a plant by Republicans.
The Democratic committee could overturn the primary result and order a new election, or committee members may decide that Greene is the winner.