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By Larry Clifton     May 9, 2012 in Politics
Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas - otherwise known as Keith R. Judd - placed second behind President Obama in the West Virginia Democratic Party Primary.
Judd garnered a respectable 42.2 percent of the vote compared to Obama’s 57.7 percent, according to a Washington Post article. Not bad for a candidate who is currently serving a 17-year sentence for extortion.
The latest unofficial totals from the West Virginia secretary of state's office showed Judd defeating the President in eight West Virginia counties. Judd is serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for allegedly making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.
“I voted against Obama,” said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat. “I don’t like him. He didn’t carry the state before and I’m not going to let him carry it again.”
A candidate who gets at least 15 percent of the vote would normally qualify to receive a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, but state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd.
Still, that a man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary cannot be good news for the Obama camp. Judd paid a $2,500 fee and filed a notarized certification of announcement form to be placed on the ballot, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.
“Keith Judd’s performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state,” outgoing West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took West Virginia’s GOP primary Tuesday with more than 69 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum placed second with 12 percent and Ron Paul came in third with 11 percent.
Brown, the aforementioned Cross Lanes electrician, went to the polls with his 22-year-old daughter, Emily. She was going to vote for Judd until she learned of his address.
“I’m not voting for somebody who’s in prison,” she said. “I just want to vote against Barack Obama.”
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