Obama defeats challenger in W. Virginia Democratic primary

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West Virginia has never been a hospitable state for President Barack Obama. Still, the results of Tuesday’s balloting seem to mark some kind of low point.

Democrats–those are members of the president’s party–voting in the West Virginia presidential primary gave 40% of their votes to a man whom the Associated Press identified as a federal prison inmate.

Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, the AP reported. With 90% of precincts reported, he had 40.3% of the vote to Mr. Obama’s 59.7%

Mr. Judd was leading or had won in at least five of the state’s more than 50 counties.

Mr. Obama is not likely to contest West Virginia this fall, much less win it. Still, the results show why Democrats in the state have been so eager to draw distance from the president, and they may signal problems for the president in other parts of the region.

Earlier this month, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released a statement saying he was not yet able to endorse either Mr. Obama or the presumed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

Sen. Joe Manchin has been similarly noncommittal about the presidential race.

Mr. Judd has run in prior elections–for president in 2008 and mayor of Albuquerque in 2007, for example. For the curious, he has laid out a manifesto of sorts in a filing with the Federal Election Commission that touches on health care, the power of special interests and other matters.
Guess Gov. Tomblin's and Sen. Manchin's positions are still "evolving".

Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999
Those must have been some threats if Mr. Obama's opponent is still in the hoosegow 13 years later.

Federal Inmate Makes Strong Showing Against Obama in Primary.
 

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Jesco White should run for office in WV
 

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Barrack Obama - 60%


Inmate 11593-051 - 40%

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.

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.
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.
Mr Brown, the Cross Lanes electrician, went to the polls on Tuesday with his 22-year-old daughter, Emily. She planned to vote for Judd too until she found out where Judd has been living.
'I'm not voting for somebody who's in prison,' she said.
However she was certain about one thing: 'I just want to vote against Barack Obama.'
Texas Inmate gets 40% of vote against Obama
 

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I don't get it, did ACORN bus all those "Democrats" in and forget to tell them who to vote for? Or did the Black Panthers station themselves at the wrong polling place this time? The results are confusing to me.
 

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West Virginia has never been a hospitable state for President Barack Obama. Still, the results of Tuesday’s balloting seem to mark some kind of low point.
The catch here (that the left wing WSJ :icon_cool conveniently leaves out) is that West Virginia is actually a very friendly state for the Democratic party. This is still a state where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans. They haven't even had a Republican Governor since 2001 and only 4 Republican Governors since 1933, only one of which who served 2 terms. There hasn't been a Republican US Senator from that state since 1961. Democrats are comprised of almost 3/4th's of the State House and Senate. They LOVE their Democrats...they just despise Obama. Obviously because they're all racists. ;)
 

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Anyone who has been to West Virginia can tell you. Without a doubt, their democrats ARE racists. And not in the reverse sense of the national party. I mean in the robe and hood way.
 

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Let's recap Tuesday's events...

1. WV - Dem Primary - Obama (incumbent POTUS) 59% - Judd (Fed Prison in TX) 41%

2. WV - Judd WINS 8 counties outright.

3. NC - Dem Presidential primary - Obama running unopposed - 20% of Dem voters choose 'OTHER'.

4. NC - 61% vote for State Constitutional Amendment that says marriage is man + woman

5. IN - With 62% TEA Party supported Richard Mourdock (R) defeats 6 term Senator Richard Luger (R) by 20 pts -- latest polls said 10 pts

6. WI - Gubernatorial Recall Primary - More (R) voters turn out to vote for the uncontested, incumbent than (D) voters turn out to vote for all all their challengers COMBINED.

7. WI - The winner of the (D) primary is the guy who lost handily to Walker in 2010. The candidate specially selected by the Unions who are driving the recall only got 27%, nearly half of the victor.


The Tea Party's dead! Occupy is where it's at! All the enthusiasm is on the Democrat side! :icon_lol:
 

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But some basement dwelling emo faggot on Fark said it's going to be a bloodbath for the GOP!
 

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Let's recap Tuesday's events...

1. WV - Dem Primary - Obama (incumbent POTUS) 59% - Judd (Fed Prison in TX) 41%

2. WV - Judd WINS 8 counties outright.

3. NC - Dem Presidential primary - Obama running unopposed - 20% of Dem voters choose 'OTHER'.

4. NC - 61% vote for State Constitutional Amendment that says marriage is man + woman

5. IN - With 62% TEA Party supported Richard Mourdock (R) defeats 6 term Senator Richard Luger (R) by 20 pts -- latest polls said 10 pts

6. WI - Gubernatorial Recall Primary - More (R) voters turn out to vote for the uncontested, incumbent than (D) voters turn out to vote for all all their challengers COMBINED.

7. WI - The winner of the (D) primary is the guy who lost handily to Walker in 2010. The candidate specially selected by the Unions who are driving the recall only got 27%, nearly half of the victor.


The Tea Party's dead! Occupy is where it's at! All the enthusiasm is on the Democrat side! :icon_lol:
You realize that the same thing probably happened in 2004. Did you vote when all the Democrats were going to the polls in the winter and spring, or just the general like most the other Republicans that year?
 

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You realize that the same thing probably happened in 2004.
Not exactly. In the 2004 Republican primaries, Bush never had this many undecideds or batshit crazy challengers siphon votes away. He gained nearly 90%+ of the vote in most of the states. His lowest percentage of the vote was in New Hampshire at 79%. And the biggest surprise, if you want to call it that, was Bill Wyatt getting over 6,600 votes (to Bush's 59K) in Oklahoma.

Oh yeah, then there's this...

Obama Struggles In Kentucky, Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Voters registered a strong protest against President Barack Obama in Democratic primaries in solidly Republican Kentucky and Arkansas, while Republican Mitt Romney easily captured both states, according to unofficial election returns.

West Virginia this month also waged a similar protest against the president, giving a prison inmate in Texas nearly 43 percent of the Democratic primary vote.

The outcome in all three - even though Obama won - was an apparent sign of voter dissatisfaction with his first term. But it was largely symbolic because he faces no real opposition from other Democratic contenders in his effort to win a second term in November.

Kentucky and Arkansas are being counted as probable wins for the Republican presidential candidate.

"Many conservatives still participate in Democratic primaries in the South and most of these voters did not vote for the president in 2008 and will not vote for him this fall," said Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

In Kentucky, 42 percent of voters in the primary chose "uncommitted" rather than Obama, and in Arkansas an unknown Tennessee lawyer named John Wolfe won 41.6 percent of Democrats.

"Arkansas is a state that is ready-made for a strong protest vote against the president," said Barth. "This primary just gave them another opportunity to vote against the president."

Other Republican candidates for president have either stopped campaigning or suspended their campaigns, leaving the path to victory open to Romney.

In Arkansas' only open U.S. congressional seat, three Democrats and three Republicans vied for their party nomination.

Arkansas Representative Mike Ross, a leader in the "Blue Dog" coalition of conservative and moderate Democrats, announced last year that he would not seek re-election after six terms.

Republican candidate Tom Cotton, who served as an infantry officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan, won his party's nomination, according to official results.

On the Democratic side, state Senator Gene Jeffress and attorney Q. Byrum Hurst will face a June run-off as both remained under 50 percent in early returns.

In a closely watched congressional race in Kentucky, a Tea Party-backed candidate, Thomas Massie, won the Republican nomination for an open seat over two more establishment Republican candidates. Massie was endorsed by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, who has strong Tea Party backing.
These are red states which Obama has about zero shot of winning, I know. But coming from a guy who energized people, left and right, to come out to vote for him in 2008? I think it's a bigger deal than the Obama campaign and the media is suggesting. But, we instead hear about how...since Obama is a really super duper likeable guy that should have very little problem defeating the very rich, job killing Mitt Romney....the white democrats in Arkansas and Kentucky must obviously be all racists that simply can't vote for a black man. Gotcha.
 
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Isn't a convict in prison beating Obama in this election somewhere?

seems like I read that