Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Vic Rawl, the man who lost the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate to Alvin Greene, is filing a formal protest of the campaign.
Rawl announced his intentions at a midday news conference Monday.
Greene stunned the political experts last Tuesday when he won the primary over Rawl with 60 percent of the vote, despite not running advertisements and having no campaign website. Previous Coverage: Greene Says He Raised His Own Money
The day after the primary, it was revealed that Greene is facing a felony obscenity charge for an incident on the University of South Carolina campus from November of 2009. Previous Coverage: New Details Emerge in Greene Case
Rawl, a former state legislator and a judge, says he believes there were irregularities in the election, and he wants an investigation.
Rawl claims he's heard of the following problems:
*An analysis by a group which Rawl contacted who says there were problems with the returns themselves.
*Voters and poll workers who reported unusual incidents with the machines, including one who repeatedly pressed the screen to vote for Rawl but saw the other candidate appear, and a voter in the Republican primary who had the Democratic contest appear on her ballot.
Rawl also claims that the voting machines themselves are unreliable.
"There is a cloud over Tuesday's election," Rawl said. "There is a cloud over South Carolina, that affects all of our people, Democrats and Republicans, white and African-American alike.
At this point, the people of our state do not have the basic confidence that their vote will be counted."
"The strange circumstances surrounding Tuesday's vote require a thorough investigation," he went on to say.
Rawl wants people who experienced voting problems to go to his website, or to call a hotline he set up at 843-278-0510.
Rawl also said that his objection to the election is nothing personal against Greene.
"I would like to speak directly to Mr. Greene and say: 'Sir, this is not about you, and it's not about me," Rawl said. "I wish you and your family nothing but the best in the weeks and months ahead.'"
Sunday, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced they were preparing a complaint against Greene's win, and that they would file Thursday.
Meanwhile, Greene maintained in interviews over the weekend that he would stay in the race, even though top Democrats, including U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn (D-6th District) have suggested he may be a "plant." Related Story: Clyburn Questions Results
On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Clyburn said the Democratic primaries had "elephant dung all over the place," citing problems with his own primary contest against Gregory Brown. Clyburn won that race with 90 percent of the vote.
In a statement last week, the Republican party denied those claims, and said that Democrats are trying to shift blame for not properly looking into the background of their candidates.