Texas INMATE gets 40 per cent of votes against President Obama in West Virginia primary
How unpopular can Obama get? Texas INMATE gets 40 per cent of votes against President in West Virginia primary
- Prisoner Keith Judd got 40% of vote in West Virginia to Obama’s 60%
- Inmate 11593-051 got on ballot by paying $2,500 fee and filing forms
- Attracting 15% of vote normally qualifies candidate for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention
By Louise Boyle
PUBLISHED: 00:57 EST, 9 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:35 EST, 9 May 2012
Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in a Texas prison received four out of 10 votes in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary.
Inmate Keith Judd, 53, is serving 17 years for extortion at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution. He was sentenced in 1999 for making threats against the University of New Mexico and is due to be released on June 24 next year.
With 93 per cent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving just under 60 per cent of the vote to Judd’s 40 per cent.
Popular prisoner: Inmate Keith Judd ( left) who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, received around 40% of votes in West Virginia’s primary, coming a close second to President Obama – pictured giving the keynote address at the 18th Annual Asian Pacific American Institute last night
For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd – or Inmate Number 11593-051 – votes.
‘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, Brown said: ‘That guy out of Texas.’
Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as a notarized certification of announcement, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office.
According to the Charleston Gazette, Judd circulated his political standpoints to local media. These include opposing national health care reform on the grounds that it violates the 10th Amendment.
He also cites the U.S. Constitution, saying that incarcerated felons should not be disqualified from voting.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
Name: Barack Hussein Obama
Address: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Known as: POTUS; Commander-in-Chief
Education: Columbia University 1981-83; Harvard Law School 1988 – 91
Achievements: Editor of Harvard Law Review; University of Chicago law professor; Illinois State Senator; first African-American President; Nobel Peace Prize 2009; death of Osama bin Laden
Term in office: Four years; due for renewal November 2012
Favorite president: Abraham Lincoln
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite actor: Jimmy Stewart
Favorite food: Italian fiesta pizza
Favorite musician: Bach; Al Green
Name: Keith Judd
Address: Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, Texas
Known as: Inmate Number 11593-051
Education: Member of the Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982
Achievements: Recording Musician/Writer/Producer, Nadine’s Music, Hollywood, California, 1968-1998; Agent/Individual Contractor, New York Society of Reproductive Medicine
Term in prison: 17 years; due for release June 2013
Favorite president: Richard Nixon
Favorite sport: Ten-pin bowling
Favorite actor: Gene Hackman
Favorite food: Judd answered ‘I forgot’
Favorite musician: Mozart
Judd is housed at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Texarkana, a low-security facility for male prisoners. It is located in northeast Texas near the Arkansas border, 175 miles east of Dallas.
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 continued to research the matter, Mr Scarbro said. There may also be issues because the man is an inmate in federal prison.
Voters in other conservative states showed their displeasure with Obama in Democratic primaries last March.
In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protestor 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.
Obama’s energy policies and the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of mining-related permits have incurred the wrath of West Virginia’s coal industry.
With the state the nation’s second-biggest producer of this fossil fuel, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin – both Democrats have championed the industry – have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.
Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Obama in the state’s 2008 primary, and he lost the state to Republican John McCain in the general election.
The latest state-by-state Gallup poll, released in January, found Obama with a 32.7 per cent approval rating in West Virginia.
The president had a lower approval rating only in Utah, Idaho, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
‘Keith Judd’s performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state,’ outgoing West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart said.
Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won West Virginia’s GOP primary on Tuesday with more than 69 per cent of the vote, with 93 per cent of precincts reporting. Rick Santorum followed with 12 per cent, while Ron Paul had 11 per cent.
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