AP: Surprise Senate candidate refuses to withdraw

The address associated with Greene's home phone number used for filing. / Courtesy Google

Columbia (AP, WACH) -- State Democrats are asking the surprise U.S. Senate nominee to step down after learning of a pending felony charge, but the candidate says he's not going anywhere.

Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Green, of Manning, is set to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint after a shocking win in Tuesday's primary election.

Court records show Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Wednesday, state Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler asked Greene to step down from the race.

"Today I spoke with Alvin Greene, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the US Senate, and asked him to withdraw from the race," Fowler said. "I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee. But this new information about Mr. Greene has would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters."

Greene told the Associated Press he's the people's choice and will not step aside.

Greene posted bond after his arrest. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.

The unemployed veteran said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.

Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.

On Tuesday, Greene stunned state Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination. He had no organized campaign in his victory over a former state lawmaker.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)