In West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election last Tuesday, May 8, 2012, an imprisoned felon got 4 out of 10 votes against a sitting President of the United States.
That’s how unpopular Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama Jr., is.
Note that the primary election was DEMOCRATIC, not Republican!
Lawrence Messina reports for the Associated Press that Keith Judd, inmate no. 11593-051, who’s serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, received 41% of the vote to Obama’s 59%.
Judd got 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.
For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd 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.”
Attracting at least 15% 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, Scarbro said.
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. So unpopular is Obama in West Virginia that, as reported by Newsmax Wires, the state’s Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who won his primary Tuesday, has volunteered that he may not vote for Obama in November. And Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has said the same thing.
Voters in other conservative states have also shown their displeasure with Obama in Democratic primaries last March.
In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protester Randall Terry got 18% of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary. In Alabama, 18% of Democratic voters chose “uncommitted” in the primary rather than vote for Obama.
Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Obama handily in West Virginia’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% approval rating in West Virginia. The president had a lower approval rating only in Utah, Idaho, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Seriously, the only difference between convicted felon Keith Judd and Obama is this: Obama hasn’t yet been convicted!
H/t beloved fellow Dennis Kolb Sr.