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

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. Peter

    I thought you lost the right to vote if you had a criminal conviction? So how can this guy run as a candidate?

    May 9, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Norm

    This just proves what everyone already knows about the inbreeding problem in Virginia.
    I bet you think racism has nothing to do with it either.

    May 9, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Name Jeff

    I am 53 years old and have bewn following politicians and thekr antics all of my adult life. I cannot recall one president,aside from Pres Clinton that has been more in touch with the average American than Barack Obama,three years ago (just three) Obama promised change in Washington and Millions who were fed up after eight years of a non-sense from the Republicians decided they would give Obama a chance..now,keep in mind,the Republicans had taken a huge budgetary surplus,inherited from the Clinton adminstration and flipped into a huge deficit in a eight uear period. Obama is elected to construct change,despite of the buhe deficit,a recession,several military conflicts in action and the disdain of Republicans in Washington. Obama attempts to change the way some things are done and more importantly he attempts to ease the burden of he econmic recession on Americans by initiating number of policies,all of which were struck down but Repuplicans. Despite all the adversities Obama has faced he somehow saw his way to,in my opinion construct change. America is Greater in a lot of Aspects because of Obama not weaker.I wod want my lresjdent to be concer.ed about issues like healthcare,job creation,education,environment,national security and things of he like. The Republicans on the other hand would rather give tax cuts to the wealthy and slash spending in the aforementioned areas. Yet there ate those in W.Virginia who would rather vote republican than for Obama,ok they are hard-core racist that will not accept or seek out anything positive this bi-racial Preisident has to offer,I get that in a twisted sort of way,hey it is W.Virginia one probably wouldn't expect anything less. I feel for the future generations are the people there so ignorant that they cannot distinguish between friend and foe?? Unless W.Viginia is primarily a upper class,well educated,self-sustaining state it should be a no brainer..bottom line Obama has tried to what he has said and after three years his initiatives are starting to manifest themselves with the rise in manufacuting jobs,the economy and other issues, how can you expect any man walk into a house full of crap that took eight years to build and make squeaky clean in three..I am not a history buff but I dont knlw ofany oger President thaat hs faced what Obama has and is still passionate about the needs and wants of ALL AMERICANS. W.Virginia,in my book,should not be included due to the apparent racist and ignorant mentality. ROMNEY was quoteed a saying in a rallying a gew weeks ago "President Obama thinks he is doing a great job,like George Washinton,Abe Lincoln or F.D.R" Well Mr. Romney,I think he is to so I would agree with that comment 150% however@I would have included Bill Clinton amongst the great.
    not privg tax cuts for the wealrby and that would incite change but

    May 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Norm

    What a nice way for Virginia to disrupt it's tourism dollars.
    The self destructive pranks of the Republican racist.

    May 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Loving Every Minute Of It!

    I love it, I love it, I love it! Make fun of the state, the people and deny it was a statement against the Marxist In Chief, those delegates belong to Romney!

    May 9, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Frank from Gilroy

    Racism at its best. WV is one of the most ignorant states in the union so it’s no surprise they’d vote for a criminal over a black man.
    Hell, they vote against there own self interests every 2 and 4 years anyway.

    May 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. WV resident

    I am a proud WV resident I am not on Welfare, not racist, and I am an educated individual. This had 0 to do with race, education, or any other reason you want to come up with. The 40% was strictly based on what President Obama has done to our state. The EPA is doing exactly what Obama wanted, and that was to have the coal companys bankrupt. A decent amount of WVians are coal miners or have coal miners in there families. What we all need to know is without coal we would all be in the dark. Alternate energy is not going to be the answer, atleast not right now. The reason for the vote was strictly a statement that we WVians will not stand for Obama's agenda, and I hope people start opening there eyes and see that the promises Obama made 4 yrs ago were just lies. He has done 0 to back up what he promised when he ran for president.

    May 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. SPUD

    Two criminals from the same party lol.....he was probably best friends with Obama too when they were younger. Oblahblah has a tendency to hang out with criminals and other radicals who hate this country, and he admits theyve have a hugeim imact on his political views. And if a criminal in Texas can beat Obama, just wawit til Mitt tears O a new a-hole. GOP in 2012!

    May 9, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Steve

    West Virginia voted for a prisoner over Obama? Let me guess. The prisoner was white. It's West Virginia. Does anything more need to be said? and ABO? Are people really that stupid? Guess so. If they're voting for a criminal who is not even out of jail, these people really need to have their right to vote taken away on grounds of terminal stupidity.

    May 9, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Dave

    West Virginia has a closed primary.

    May 9, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. 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.

    May 9, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. iheartyou

    No, Sue, here is what "some" people are NOT getting.... how is it even possible that a man currently serving a 210 month sentence for EXTORTION is allowed to even be on the ballot??? There is something wrong with a system that allows that to happen in the first place.

    If people wanted to make a statement about not wanting Obama then they should have voted "other", like the smart ones did. But voting for a convicted criminal is the epitome of cutting off your nose to spite your face. The people who would mock our system by voting for a criminal are just petty and immature. Most of the people who voted for Judd probably had no idea that he was even in prison – that's how uneducated and uninformed the voting populace has become nowadays. You give the good 'ole boys in West Virginia way too much credit if you really think they were consciously making a political statement here.

    May 9, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Che Bravo!

    C'mon CNN, we are talking about West Virginia here! Should we even be surprised?

    May 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. orion7x

    You deserve what you get. You will find that hate will only get you hate and failure. But I'm all for you ruining yours and your childrens life. Can't fix brainless.

    May 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Rachel

    This speaks volumes about Obama. Too funny.

    May 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Tony

    It's West Virginia. Most of the backwoods voters are lucky to be able to spell their name, let alone understand politics.

    May 9, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Loving Every Minute Of It

    I love it, I love it, I love it! Make fun of the state, the people and deny it was a statement against the Marxist In Chief, those delegates belong to Romney!

    May 9, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. WVVoter

    A "reliably red state in presidential politics?" That's completely false. Check the facts before reporting, CNN.

    May 9, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Archived

    How did he get on the ballot anyway? I thought felons couldn't run for or hold office. Then again, there are plenty in Congress that fall into that category.

    May 9, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Lurker

    I'm an independent and really don't care to vote for either side. I don't like all that Obama does, but then again I don't care for Romney either. All I want is a moderate President to look between the lines and say, "okay, cutting out the bull sh*t from both sides, what needs to get done to fix this".

    Obama opponents keep giving all this extremist image of him being some "Destroyer". If anything, he's too left on his ideology. Wish he could learn that simple concept of hitting the middle ground. I guess there's been some suggested attempts at trying and it's up for debate if he really gave reasonable compromises.

    Romney sounds like a salesman/preacher, backstabbing his way up to the nomination and saying anything to get there. Now all his GOP opponents are backing him up, desperation definitely setting in. The GOP nomination was like watching kids fight over who's the best at a playground.

    The rationale I have for all politicians: "There's never an honest politician". You can't get to the big chair without playing dirty somewhere. But at least some more favorable presidents have done a good job being more moderate in their leadership and getting things done in the past. People are so polarized now that I can't see that day happening anytime soon.

    May 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Rob

    Actually...Obama will almost certainly win in November unless Romney can win both Florida and Ohio...he cannot lose either one and have a legitimate mathematical chance...look at an electoral map...btw Romney currently trails in both of those states...not saying its impossible...its still early...but it is a fact...

    May 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Mary

    What do you expect from West Virginia, the home of the uneducated and neo-cons and now probably home of the convicts. Convicts are comfortable electing other convicts and rapists. And, this is News?

    May 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The next CNN article would probably be on a few hung dogs at the road side barking and sounding as though they are saying Rumney 2012 Romney 2012! Yes, this racist country has gone to the dogs!

    May 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Rob

    WV has voted red the last nine pres elections...CNN s data is accurate

    May 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Rachel what you hope for you just might get. You think its bad now just wait. Robmey isn't on working americans side

    May 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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