Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In a show of President Obama’s unpopularity in West Virginia, a federal prison inmate captured 42 percent of the vote Tuesday in the state’s Democratic presidential primary.
Keith R. Judd — also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas — was on the ballot against Mr. Obama despite serving a 17-year sentence for extortion.
The latest unofficial totals from the West Virginia secretary of state’s office showed Mr. Obama receiving 57.7 percent of the vote against 42.2 percent for Judd, who was defeating the president in eight counties.
By gaining more than 15 percent of the vote, the inmate apparently will qualify to receive at least one delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form.