Federal inmate's sizable West Virginia presidential vote tally
May 9th, 2012
08:16 AM ET
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Federal inmate's sizable West Virginia presidential vote tally

(CNN) – An incarcerated 53-year-old man is beating President Barack Obama in eight West Virginia counties following the state's Democratic Presidential Primary Tuesday, according to the latest figures from the West Virginia secretary of state.

Keith Judd, who is currently serving a 210-month sentence at a correctional facility in Texarkana, Texas for extortion, is trailing the president 42.28% to 57.72% in the state based on the unofficial vote totals, but is leading in eight counties.

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Judd only needs 15% of the vote to qualify for at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer, according to The Charleston Gazette. His expected release date is June 24, 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Obama has not had electoral success in West Virginia, a reliably red state in presidential politics. He was crushed by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state's Democratic presidential primary in May 2008 by a 67% to 26% margin. And he lost the state to Sen. John McCain, the then-Republican presidential nominee, 56% to 43% in the November 2008 general election.

The Mountain State's Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and junior Sen. Joe Manchin have also recently distanced themselves from the president ahead of their 2012 elections.

In Tuesday's election, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney received nearly 70% of the vote, according to the latest unofficial figures, while former candidate Rick Santorum garnered over 12% support and Rep. Ron Paul captured just over 11% of the vote.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • West Virginia
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. Brian2913

    hahaha! And remember, these are democrats!!! Maybe they heard Obams's statement about coal producers (the lifeblood of the state )and driving them to bankruptcy. What a loser

    May 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Why so much hatred for Americans?

    @Tree
    "Ok CNN we are not DUMP....who pay for him to do this? All a smoke screen. The fools who voted for him did not voted for Obama in 2008."

    Please read that collection of words carefully. Try to make sense of it... No, really, TRY!

    May 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    Weren't those voters all cousins? I'll bet Robmey's $10K they were all related.

    May 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. REG in AZ

    Doesn't say much for the intelligence of West V. voters.

    May 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Brian2913

    I love the comment reliably red state, and then the next sentence about the democratic governer and senator. keep selling the obama cool aid CNN!

    May 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. April

    Why are people so surprised and outraged the American people have been electing criminals for years–how many tax cheats were Obama's top picks for serious positions? How many in the GSA stole taxpayer money--wasn't it Holder's DOJ providing guns and explosives to known drug dealing murderers?

    May 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. PoBoy

    This is more of an indictment on the WV electorate than it is on the President. More of them need to finish grade school instead of getting hooked on presciption drugs and then filing for SSA disability payments!

    May 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. mcskadittle

    They allow inmates to run for elected office in WV?

    May 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. annebeth

    I am from WV and this vote had to do with 2 things: race & coal. There are people here in this state that do not like the fact that Obama is black and do not trust him. The sad part is that there are so few black people in the state, that there are grown white people who have never attended school with someone black, worked with someone black or lived near someone black, so they believe all of the raciest comments that people make. The 2nd thing is coal. Coal mining is big business in WV and people here fear the new more stringent EPA regulations that limit coal mining. The big EPA rules deal with water quality and limit strip mining (mountain top removal). In some areas the water table has been contaminated from improper coal mining and is now unfit for drinking water. No one here looks at the good things that have been accomplished by Obama, just focus on coal.

    May 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Working Class Hero

    Really, WV, you're that stupid to actually vote for an inmate??? Yep, this country is doomed and it's thanks to the tea party, bible belt, deep south, and morons from texas.

    May 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. mcskadittle

    Race likely plays some role here. In the 2008 primary, 2 in 10 white West Virginia voters said race was an important factor in their votes, second only to Mississippi.

    May 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Bugpucker

    It's a good thing Spongebob wasn't on the ticket.

    May 9, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. WVirginia

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The harrowing battle raged for four years, pitting brother against brother at the cost of more than 600,000 lives. Out of the war, however, there rose a new state, and the only created as a direct result of the war – West Virginia.

    May 9, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Name Jeff

    Very well stated! Thank you!

    May 9, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. All in a day

    The WV people are smarter then you think, there are educated and uneducated persons in every state. Could you understand the @ tree post? Based on this thought that person must be from WV. Perhaps the WV folks are trying to send a message to our 'Wonderful" leader that we were fools to elect

    May 9, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Bruce

    This only shows me that the framers of our constitution were correct in limiting direct popular election. The only national office that was selected by popular vote was the House of Representatives. They were wise. Whatever you think of Obama, people who would vote for a convicted felon over the President have no sense whatsoever.

    It was never intended that the Presidency be a beauty contest, selected by the current mob feeling.

    May 9, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. JJinCVCA

    West Virginia. Go figure. West Virginia does not represent the vast vast majority of America, it never has and it never will.

    May 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Lee

    Well, maybe West Virginian's aren't so dumb afterall.

    May 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Paganini

    Purely a reflection on the intelligence of W. Virginia voters, not on the President. Consider the source – still mining coal in the same way as was done in the 1800s.

    May 9, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Is any one at home in West Virginia??? Is there a governor or any one with a brain in this state???. How could anything like this happen ???If I were an official in that state I would be horrified and make a lot of noise to see that the situation was brought to the attention of ....frankly I'm not sure who!!! This is absurd....How can so many people be so dumb??? Don't they have schools in W. Virginia.....can't those people read and think???? Heaven help us!!!!!.

    May 9, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. J

    It just means all the inmate's kinfolk voted for him and most of West Virginia's population are blood cousins.

    May 9, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Triple A

    Just one more way the BHO makes an embarrassment to the Presidency.

    May 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. toughtimes

    The guy behind bars is guilty of less than Barry is.

    May 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. quinLee

    Let’s see—in 2010 a report from the American Human Development Project showed West Virginia ranked:
    •3.85 out of 10 for overall well-being - the same average ranking the nation as a whole averaged two decades ago.
    •49th nationally for life expectancy,
    •49th in education
    •48th in income earnings

    Not surprising Judd got 40% from this environment.

    May 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. sjack

    West Virginia was just voted the worst State to live ............enough said......OBAMA 2012

    May 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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