Have you heard of Alvin Greene? He is the current Democratic challenger to incumbent U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. What’s shocking is that Alvin Greene got 59% of the vote in a primary where he had no signs and no advertisements. He raised very little money. Greene defeated Vic Rawl, a former state lawmaker who was virtually assured to challenge DeMint.
That was, until Monday. Democratic leaders are considering appealing to the state Supreme Court to claim that electronic machines could be to blame. Even the top U.S. Congressman from South Carolina (Democrat Jim Clyburn) is calling on state and federal investigators to learn how he raised the $10,440 to file to run. Clyburn and others claim that someone put up the money to put Greene as a Democrat to embarrass the party.
The State Election Commission for South Carolina should double check the accuracy of the voting machines. If cleared, this would put to someone that I (as an outsider looking at this situation) see as a bitter, sore loser.
Greene, not an insider of the Democrats, has at least initially won the Democratic nomination to challenge Jim DeMint. The Election Commission should work to assure voters that they were working properly. If the electronic machines weren’t working properly, this could undermine electronic voting nationwide, moving us back a decade to “hanging chads.”
The Democrats shouldn’t be questioning an outsider that has won to the extent they are. By digging up Greene’s past and current problems now, Democrats are doing op-research for the Republicans for free. They should be making friends with him, giving him the training and assistance he needs if defeating Jim DeMint is their goal. In the end, if the machines are cleared and Greene is declared the winner, this could bode badly for “insider” Democrats.
It may also mean an easy reelection for Senator Jim DeMint in a bad year for Democrats and the fact Democrats are pushing against a member of their own party. Time will tell. Maybe the machines did mess up, but if they worked properly, Greene will likely get run over in the South Carolina general election.