Does Alvin Greene Stand a Chance?

Alvin Greene, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, waves after making his first public speech during the monthly meeting of the NAACP Sunday, July 18, 2010, at Manning Junior High School, in Manning, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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"Let's reclaim our country from the terrorists and the communists," said Alvin Greene.

On Sunday night, Greene, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in South Carolina did something no one had ever seen before - he actually appeared in front of voters at an NAACP event on his hometown of Manning.

Sometimes he won applause:

"Parents have to take an active part in their child's education," Greene said.

Other time he seemed a bit … lost.

"In June, uh, we saw a net loss of 125,000 jobs … across the country," he said.

Reaction was mixed.

But the headline was that it happened at all - one that came six weeks after the unemployed veteran with no campaign staff, no ads, no speeches, and no visible means of support, won a landslide primary victory over his better-known, experienced opponent.

Experts were left to wonder how it happened. Apparently, voters simply picked the top name on the ballot in a race they knew absolutely nothing about.

Greene, who scraped up the$10,000 filing fee out of his savings, has come up with one innovative notion for creating support and jobs: make action figures of himself.

It's a notion the local minor league team made real - sort of - over the weekend.

But CBS political consultant Marc Ambinder said Greene's presence on the ballot could hurt other Democrats.

"That's why the Democratic Party is so worried and still essentially refuses to accept him as their candidate even though he's going to be on the ballot," Ambinder said.

On the other hand, some polls say voters are more inclined to vote for a candidate with no experience. If so, Alvin Green might have just what these disaffected voters are looking for.