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
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  1. Michael

    This just proves, what we already knew about virginia and the repuglican party. They are crooks who masquerade as politicians, pulling con jobs on the American people using misinformation, lies, distortion and hypocrisy. Just, look how they want to rewrite American history concerning Ronald Reagan, the first president to amass massive deficits. Also, how they try to disguise the 11 trillion deficit, 1.3 trillion annual defcit, 2 Wars, 2 Nuclear conflicts, the Bankin, Auto, Mortgage, Wall street and Healthcare crisis, they left President Obama (policies which these same repuglicans in office right now voted for, that got us in a severe recession, which almost dissimated our economy).

    May 9, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Almost Heaven West Virginia

    Due to military assignments I've lived around the globe including good ol' West Virginia. Many of you out there are ignorant to the fact WV has a high population of very educated citizens and the state is becoming a very high-tech location. From Internet crime fighters (IC3.gov) and biometrics companies to the design and manufacturing of NASA space components. Many others still work the coal mines and the gas industry is booming. Anyone with half a brain can see the citizens of WV are just sending a strong message opposing Obama ....... after all he has attacked many of the industries deeply rooted in the state and dear to their hearts. God Bless WV for sending a strong message to Washington! Most of those in Washington are crooks anyway - this country needs to bring back God and use the wisdom our founding fathers and patriots left us to make this country great again.

    May 9, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. They'reallthesame

    I know some nice people in WVa, but this makes the state look retarded, no insult meant to retarded people. Retarded means developmentally challenged, and this make the state look like that.

    May 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Dave in VA

    The headline is intentionally misleading. All the posters taking shots at West Virginians (and Virginians for whatever reason) masks the real problem. People do not want a dictatorship. This does not bode well for Obama. All the biased news in the world won't help the Community Organizer this time around.

    May 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. lisa2010

    can you imagine if we vote a felon into the white house, what would happen to our country... at least he'll be transparent, and he cannot lie, his record will speak for itself.... SOMETIMES US AMERICANS ARE SO BLIND IN OUR VOTING BECAUSE THE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO "GET OBAMA OUT", WE DON'T SEE NOTHING ON THE BALLOT BUT ANOTHER NAME OTHER THAN OBAMA...well you know what, we get what we deserved whoever we vote for... i've never seen so much hate for our president than i see among a lot of americans... and i know the republicans are behind all of this, its not the president's policy, (because its working) PEOPLE STILL CAN'T STAND THE IDEA OF A BLACK PRESIDENT IN OFFICE, THE OTHER PARTY WAS OUT TO GET OBAMA FROM THE DAY OF HIS INNAUGARATION...GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY.... WE'RE GOING TO NEED IT...

    May 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. HWR

    Keep in mind that 105,85 votes were cast for President Obama, vs 475,402 votes for Mitt Romney. We are still a Democratic State overall, and a state that LOVES incumbents.

    May 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Phil

    It's interesting to read these comments. Like; "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." The point of this article is a CONVICTED FELON did as well as he did against the President. Remember, this felon had no federal dollars to fuel his campaign. Since he is behind bars is limited to public speaking tours. He doesn't have use of a 747 to fly to different parts of the state but yet beat this President in 8 counties. I also enjoyed this comment too ; "Says more about the people of West Virginia than the president." The people of West Virginia are smarter than I thought.

    May 9, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. spanglish

    they should switch places,

    May 9, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Nikki

    Got 210 years for extortion, huh? Well, he does have THAT qualification for a politician already under his belt so he'd fit nicely into Washington.
    Between Judd and NoMoBama, I think I'd vote for for Judd.

    May 9, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. DeeNYC

    This speaks Volumes about yahoo states like Virgina

    May 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "he has attacked many of the industries deeply rooted in the state and dear to their hearts."

    Yeah, I mean, who doesn't remember grampa's black lung fondly? Good times.

    May 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Romney2012

    Just shows us all that Obama is not a hands down shoo-in for re-election. People are waking up.

    May 9, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Boudreaux

    We are an energy state also but not coal and I guarantee you my dog, Tanner could give Obama a good race. Obama loves trampling on successful businesses and people which is such a shame. Now in such a global environment with all the overreaching financial regualtions in the US I understand why corporate headquaters that have moved overseas are not coming back.

    May 9, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Dave in VA....

    Me thinks you need to go visit or live in a country where there is a REAL dictatorship and I would bet you would be more than happy to be back here in the USA with Obama as POTUS.

    May 9, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Bubba

    Like this matters . . .

    May 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Cedar Rapids

    " 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."

    according to Paul supporters this means that Paul won.

    May 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Sue

    I fail to see any humor in this ploy of having a convict take part in a presidential primary election. I guess I just don't understand the warped mentality of some of the residents of WV. But it does make me fear for the future of our country if we end up with a republican president. Mitt Romney doesn't have what it takes to be president, and all his bragging about his business acumen, and all his millions, aren't what he needs to be a successful leader.

    May 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Lunatic's on Parade !

    How much do you want to bet that teajhadist's are behind this nonsense ! To say that the republican party has been taken over by lunatics is an understatement ! The GOP made a deal with the devil when they sold their souls and put the loony's in front , now nonsense is common place in the GOP ! We all know that democrats aren't voting in a presidential primary now , they are waiting for the general election ! Nice try GOP but no one is buying it !

    May 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |

    This state is as backwards as it gets.. and this article proves it. Embarassing!

    May 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. JomoDaMusicMan

    America, America, what in the hell is wrong with you. Even though u have a constitution, you have two standards of justice in your courts, one for black people which is much harsher and one for whites (who has to be convicted on evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt that he done it, while blacks have to prove to courts beyond a shadow of a doubt their innocence. If u hate a gentle human being like Obama and lets say McNabb (NFL QB) what type of a chance does the rest of the blacks in America Stand. WHITE AMERICA BE CAREFUL FOR WHAT MOST OF U ARE WISHING FOR

    May 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. KC WV

    You guys realize that West Virginia and Virginia is two different states right? Clearly some people on here do not.

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

    Does this say more about President Obama or the people of West Virginia?

    If you even have to ask this question, it says something about you.

    May 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Daveinil

    Sounds like a protest vote against Obama by the West Virginia Democrats in their primary although he is winning which is much better than he did 4 years ago against Hillary.

    May 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. JimfromBham

    Lighten up, now. There is some humor in this story, no matter which side of the aisle you support.

    So let's say the convict gets elected President by some miracle – would he need to report in to his parole officer before going to a G-8 Summit? Could he temporarily relocate to DC, or would that violate his parole because he would be hanging out with a criminal element? What other "difficulties" would he have?

    May 9, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Jimm

    West Virginia..dont need to say anymore.

    May 9, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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