Federal Inmate No. 11593-051 Beats Obama In Ten West Virginia Counties
Something tells me that the Obama campaign shouldn’t count on winning West Virginia this year:
An obscure federal prison inmate gave President Obama an unexpected run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic Primary Tuesday, highlighting the deep dislike for the president in the Appalachian heartland.
With 96% of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Keith Judd was holding steady at 41% of the vote and had won ten counties.
Judd is also known as federal prison inmate Number 11593-051 at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, where Judd is serving a 210-month sentence for extortion and making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.
According to both state and national Democratic Party rules, Keith Russell Judd is entitled to receive at least one delegate from West Virginia for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. because he received 15% of the vote.
Judd ran particularly strong in West Virginia’s coal country, carrying the labor stronghold of Mingo County, among others.
The votes appear to be votes against President Obama rather than for Judd.
Well, I would hope so. For those who may be wondering, Fairvote reports that West Virginia have a “semi-closed” primary, meaning that independents can choose which party primary to vote in on Election Day, but registered members of one party cannot vote in the primary of the other party. So, this isn’t a Republican crossover vote we’re looking at, it’s evidence of how inhospitable West Virginia is for President Obama. It also explains why Joe Manchin is keeping the President at arms-length.