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

    How is trailing Obama by 15% equate to beating him? Sounds to me like he's losing.

    May 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. desertbro

    This article is MISLEADING. The felon is leading in ONLY 8 of 55 counties in the state. He is TRAILING in the TOTAL STATE COUNT by 15 points.

    That's like playing 6 games of chess, losing 5 times, and calling yourself the champ.

    May 9, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Joi Gibson

    I was going to say something about the X-Files and West Virginia but . . . I live in South Florida and the governor of Florida is Rick Scott.


    May 9, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Really shows how ignorant folks are in some parts of the country,Why is a convicted felon even allowed to be put on the voting register,Thats W. Virginny for ya,Glad Mitts leadin them to the trough
    Good question Tom. Interesting to note that West Virginia is as Red a state as they come. I guess by putting convicted felons on the voting register is how they keep it Red. Yet they accuse Democrats of "rampant" voter fraud. These Rethugs are always accusing others of what they themselves have turned into an art form.

    May 9, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. GOP ESP

    What do you expect from a state where people dance around with rattle snakes in church. West Virginia does not have the brightest of inhabitants.

    May 9, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Wake up people

    So what's to become of people like me when the rethugs steal the election like in 2000? Anyone with one eye can see they are going all out for the win. They have the media on their side and the racists. Our president doesn't stand a chance. God bless you President Obama, you tried even with people plotting against you from the day you were elected. This scares me because I lost everything under Bush. My excellent job with excellent health care and other benefits. I am finally working again but making almost $5per hour less and cant afford medical but at least I have a job. But what is to become of women like me, educated and black? Will I be forced into picking cotton?

    * I'm sure my comment will be removed as most that call the media out for their bias against President Obama are.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. t

    They will be the to cry foul, when there food stamps are cut. Go figure

    May 9, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. PaulCat

    .......and West Virginia wants to cut education?

    May 9, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, my! The irony of ignorance once again strikes West Virginians. Too much "clean coal", I suspect.

    Well, for West Virginia anyway. That CNN has chosen to actually try and make this an "in depth" news event (including prior vote percentages and all) opens up a whole new line of thought...

    May 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. open400

    This just goes to show just how bad racism really is. Maybe we should split up between Red states and Blue States. The Red States would find themselves in a state of anarcy within a generation.

    May 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. jason

    I feel bad for that 30% that didn't vote for a criminal. If you voted for Obama and have four friends, chances are good all your friends are nuts and would be most excited by an opportunity to stab you in the back.

    May 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. A.C.

    Says more about the people of West Virginia than the president.

    May 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Steve

    West Virginia, ....where everyone is a blood relative.

    May 9, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. pssttcmere

    Looks like demwits are trying to take over this comment section. If you read the entire item you see it only counts in 8 counties, but it did get your attention and like clockwork you started in with the denigrating. Too many dems have become so predictable and vindictive.

    May 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Koosh

    This story kind of disproves the conservatives' assertion that 'racism against blacks is non-existant'

    I, for one, am tired of hearing them cackle about 'race cards' and 'race baiters'


    May 9, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Wv

    Shows how bad wv wants Obama out!!!!!!

    May 9, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    West Virginia where 2+2= too too much.
    Deliverance country.
    Wild, Woeful, Wacko West Virginia.

    May 9, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. David

    This is an indication of the mentality of the people in Virginia!

    May 9, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Ken in NC

    I guess Mitt Romney is going to have to go and campaign in the W. Va. prison system now to insure he gets the majority of the votes cast by W. Va. prisoners.

    May 9, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Solid

    "Says more about the people of West Virginia than the president."

    Perfect comment for this.

    May 9, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Jac

    Here is where democrats come out of the woodwork, trying hard to come to any conclusion but the obvious. That PresiDebt Barack Oh-Blame-Uh is a failure and people know it... even those in his own party.

    May 9, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. kinglywarrior

    Sounds to me like a bunch of people willing to throw away their votes. Wonder how they'd feel if they didn't have a vote anymore?

    May 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. aaron

    lol hey look at the bright side Demotards...At least he didnt almost get beat by a dead guy. I love how you call people that dont vote the way you want them to dumb and uneducated. Shows how the Left really looks at people.

    May 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Sniffit

    They must be using Diebold machines.

    May 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. chachabrown

    LOL! Too freaking funny!
    "But, but, Obama beat the meth head by over 15 points! That is a huge margin! "
    ..... Coffee stain on my computer.

    May 9, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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