South Carolina's Senate primary is drawing increasing scrutiny as officials are still struggling to explain Alvin Greene’s upset victory. But despite the mounting pressure and attacks on his campaign, Greene has adamantly refused to drop out of the race—and tells Mother Jones that he expects the Democratic Party to get behind him.
"I still need the Democratic Party’s support and leadership. I should be treated like every other nominee," Greene said on Monday, when asked whether he had received any campaign contributions since he won the primary last week. Green added that he had "some folks helping me" with campaigning, though he declined to specify who those individuals were.
Greene, who has given an increasingly bizarre series of interviews to the national media, indicates that he's trying to sharpen his campaign rhetoric. "I'm the best candidate in the US race for Senate," Greene said. “Hold on, let me get this right—I’m the best candidate in the United States race in South Carolina. And let’s stop my opponent and the Republicans from reversing forward progress in South Carolina.”
When asked about the attempts by his primary opponent Vic Rawl to contest the results of the election, Greene cut me off and hung up the phone.
Earlier on Monday, Rawl filed a protest with the South Carolina Democratic Party demanding an investigation of the results. A statement from Rawl said there was "a cloud over Tuesday election," alleging that early analysis had indicated "irregularities" and that the campaign had received reports of "extremely unusual incidents" at the polls.