South Carolina Democratic Party leaders may not support Senate nominee Alvin Greene

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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If Democrat Alvin Greene, his party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, ignores calls by state Democratic leaders to withdraw from the race, he might lose their votes in November.

Asked by The Daily Caller if the South Carolina Democratic Party would stay neutral or support another candidate in the U.S. Senate race if Greene makes it to the ballot, chairwoman Carol Fowler was non-committal.

“We still hope Mr. Greene will take the wise course and withdraw,” Fowler said. “If he doesn’t, we will have to decide what our best course is for the fall campaign.”

Greene — who did not actively campaign or spend any money going after votes before Tuesday’s election in South Carolina — defeated a former state legislator in the Democratic primary. It was revealed following his victory that he’s facing a pending felony charge for showing pornography to a college student, so the South Carolina Democratic Party asked Greene to withdraw from the race.

Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn has suggested that Greene was a Republican plant, questioning how the unemployed veteran afforded the $10,400 filing fee.

Fowler dismissed the suggestion that the state Democratic Party organization could end up throwing their support behind Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, Greene’s opponent in the fall. “I have never voted for a Republican in my life, and Senator DeMint is not the one I’m going to start with,” she said.

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