Outsider-extraordinaire Alvin Greene won last week's South Carolina primary without campaigning. Democrats are now determining whether Greene will remain a candidate with a 'D' next to his name.
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An unemployed Army veteran with a criminal charge against him, Mr. Greene beat former judge Vic Rawl 59 to 41 percent in the June 8 primary. The state Democratic Party is hearing evidence Thursday that includes reports of faulty voting machines and allegations of a put-up job as party officials decide Greene's future as a Democratic candidate.
Yet it's possible that party bosses will have to say that Greene simply won – and, ultimately, that the party itself may be as much to blame for not scrutinizing Greene earlier.
"Up and down the political spectrum, you find this problem of races without well-known candidates, and somebody for some bizarre reason ends up doing well," says Mark Tompkins, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. "That said, you would assume that a major party would have a well-known candidate for the US Senate, and the fact that [the South Carolina Democratic Party] didn't is a reflection of the weakness of the party."