Four Out of 10 West Virginia Democrats Vote for Texas Inmate Over Obama

By:  Michael Tennant
05/10/2012
       
Four Out of 10 West Virginia Democrats Vote for Texas Inmate Over Obama

Texas inmate Keith Judd took 40 percent of the vote — to President Obama's 60 percent — in West Virginia's Democratic primary, as Democrats in that state use the primary to issue a protest against the Obama administration's anti-coal policies.

Texas inmate Keith Judd took 40 percent of the vote — to President Obama's 60 percent — in West Virginia's Democratic primary, as Democrats in that state use the primary to issue a protest against the Obama administration's anti-coal policies.

As an incumbent President running for reelection, you know you’re in trouble when 40 percent of voters in your own party would rather replace you with a convicted extortionist. According to the Associated Press, that is exactly what happened in Tuesday’s West Virginia Democratic presidential primary, where President Barack Obama received just 60 percent of the vote. The rest went to Keith Judd, Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas.

Judd is currently serving a 210-month sentence for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Nevertheless, he was able to get on the West Virginia Democratic ballot simply by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a notarized form. That, in turn, produced an electoral outcome that could earn him a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. “But,” writes the AP, “state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd. The state party also believes that Judd has failed to file paperwork required of presidential candidates, but officials continue to research the matter, Scarbro said.”

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