Poll: DeMint leads Greene in Senate race

Vic Rawl

COLUMBIA (WACH) " Senator Jim DeMint has a comfortable lead over political newcomer Alvin Greene in the latest poll.

The Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters found DeMint had 58 percent of the vote and Greene with 21 percent.

Nine percent support some other candidate, and 13 percent are undecided.

DeMint easily won the Republican primary over little-known former Democrat Susan Gaddy in his quest toward a second six-year Senate term.

Greene stunned South Carolina Democratic Party leaders by defeating former judge and legislator Vic Rawl of Charleston in last Tuesday's primary.

Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website.

Vic Rawl, the former state lawmaker who lost South Carolina's U.S. Senate Democratic primary to Greene is protesting the election results.

South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley says Vic Rawl filed a protest just before the noon deadline Monday.

Rawl says experts who have analyzed the data say they've noticed irregularities in the vote totals.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says he thinks someone put Greene up as a shell candidate to embarrass the Democratic Party. But Greene insists he saved for two years to pay the $10,000 filing fee.

The survey of 500 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted on June 10. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points.

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