Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Texas Convict Wins 40 Percent of West Virginia Democratic Vote Against Obama

All it took was $2,500 and filing a little paperwork for convict, Keith Russell Judd, to get on the West Virginia democratic primary ballot, and it seems to have paid off. Embarrassingly, he actually received a whopping 40 percent of the vote against Obama's 60 percent. That's a sizable amount of votes considering he's locked up in a Beaumont, Texas prison for "mailing a threatening communication with intent to extort money or something of value" to the University of New Mexico in 1999.

This isn't the first time Judd has run for office, though. Apparently, he has had political aspirations since 1996, which was the first time he ran for POTUS, and he claims he has run every time since. He also supposedly ran for Governor of New Mexico, and mayor of Albuquerque. In 2008 he managed to get on the Idaho presidential primary ballot and received 1.7 percent of the vote, coming in 3rd. He received no delegates back then, and it's doubtful he will this time around either.

Attracting at least 15 per cent of the vote would normally qualify a candidate for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. But state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd. The state party also believes that Judd has failed to file paperwork required of presidential candidates, but officials continue to research the matter, Mr Scarbro said.

I'm sure W.V.Democratic Party officials are terribly embarrassed that a ponytailed, convict in Texas was able win 4 out of 10 votes in the primary against their beloved Barack, but they're not the only ones. Mike Stuart, Republican Chairman found it embarrasing too.
"Keith Judd's performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state."
But West Virginia was never an Obama state, Hillary Clinton was the preferred candidate in the 2008 elections.  
"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat. "I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."

When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Mr Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."
Although Judd's is the highest percentage win, to date, of all Democratic candidates that are running against Obama, others have won quite a few votes; which just demonstrates how dissatisfied some voters are with Obama.
In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protester Randall Terry got 18 per cent of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary. In Alabama, 18 per cent of Democratic voters chose "uncommitted" in the primary rather than vote for Obama. In Tuesday's North Carolina primary, 21 per cent of Democratic voters marked "no preference."
Mitt Romney garnered 69 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. Since McCain won West Virginia in 2008, we can safely assume Romney will win it this year.

UPDATE:  Looks like Judd received over 41% of the vote Obama 59%.

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