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Alvin Greene misses chance at ballot again

Voters across South Carolina rejected Alvin Greene's attempt three months ago to start his political career at the top. And on Tuesday, voters in his home country snubbed his attempt to start on a lower rung.

Greene finished last in a four-way race for the Democratic nomination for an open state House seat anchored in his hometown of Manning, garnering less than 1 percent of the vote. Just three months ago, he received 28 percent of the vote statewide when he lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican incumbent Jim DeMint.

What's next for the 33-year-old unemployed Army veteran is unknown. Greene chased a local television crew off his lawn by threatening to call the sheriff Tuesday and said "no comment" and hung up when The Associated Press tried to call him after the returns were reported.

The seat included most of Clarendon County and a sliver of Williamsburg County. It was all but impossible to spot any evidence that Greene was running during a drive around the district on Election Day. There appeared to be no campaign signs, even in the yard of the home he shares with his father.

Unofficial results had Greene picking up just 36 of the 3,789 votes cast, with nearly all precincts reporting. But this loss wasn't as costly has his U.S. Senate run. The filing fee was just $165, compared to more than $10,000 for his previous race.

The winner of the Democratic primary was Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson, who will face former congressional aide Sonny Sanders, a Republican, in April for the seat left vacant when Rep. Cathy Harvin died in December.

"This is probably who you know and who knows you kind of thing. It's a rural area where most people probably know personally who they are voting for," said Cal Land, chairman of the Clarendon County Democratic Party.

And not a lot of people knew Greene. Only one fellow candidate ever saw him on he trail. Out of the more than 20 voters an Associated Press reporter talked to Tuesday, none said they voted for Greene and none knew him personally or had even run into him around the area.

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