Obama and a felon end up on a West Virginia ballot

Punchline: The guy locked up gives Barry the old whatfor at 41 percent of the vote.

From the Washington Post, “Keith Judd, who is serving a 17 1/2-year prison sentence for extortion at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, took 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic primary Tuesday night — 72,000 votes to Obama’s 106,000.”

“Race likely plays some role here. In the 2008 primary, 2 in 10 white West Virginia voters said race was an important factor in their votes, second only to Mississippi. Those voters went for Clinton 8 in 10 times.”

“As for how Judd got on the ballot: West Virginia has very liberal ballot laws and Judd is an opportunist. He ran in the Idaho Democratic primary in 2008.”

“Obama wasn’t likely to win West Virginia’s five electoral votes this fall before last night — and the Judd result confirms he has almost no chance of carrying the state in November.”

Thankfully he won’t be getting any delegates, since the move seems to be rooted more in the symbolic. I have no doubt that Judd the Vote will go down as a hilarious folk lore of West Virginia though, the time they gave that sitting president a dose of discontented reality.

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