Alvin Greene scales back presidential ambitions, plans SC House run

Columbia, SC’s WIS-TV reports that failed US Senate nominee Alvin Greene (D-SC), who once hinted that he was considering a 2012 presidential run, has decided instead to start on the local level by running for the SC House District 64 seat instead:

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Alvin Greene is running for the South Carolina House.

He paid the $165 filing fee on Christmas Eve to run in a special election. The 64th District seat was made vacant earlier this month after the death of Summerton Democrat Rep. Cathy Harvin. She died due to complications from breast cancer at the age of 56.

Cal Land is chairman of the Clarendon County Democratic Party and said Greene entered the race five minutes after the filing period opened.

Greene said Monday he would wait to see who else filed before commenting on the race.


A primary will be held February 15 with the special election set for April 5.

Alvin GreeneKeep in mind, District 64 includes parts of Clarendon and Williamsburg counties. In last year’s election, Greene lost Clarendon County by 4.5% – roughly 500 votes. He won Williamsburg County by over 28% – close to 3,200 votes (source). Not sure how much of each county is in that District, but I wouldn’t call him a long shot at all to win the nomination and then the special election that will follow a couple of months later.

Greene, who has been indicted on a felony obscenity charge, won the Democrat nomination for the US Senate in SC, so of course anything can happen there as far as Democrat voters are concerned.

Fun fact: Greene received more votes in SC last November than Senator Reid did in Nevada.

As they say, stay tuned …

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