Felon beats Obama in several West Virginia counties
A Texas felon is currently giving President Obama a run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic primary, beating Obama in several counties and winning enough of the vote to be eligible for at least one delegate at the convention, according to the Associated Press.
Perennial candidate Keith Russell Judd, currently serving 210 months in a federal prison, is currently pulling down 40 percent of the vote to Obama’s 60 percent, with more than 90 percent of the vote reported.
Judd has caused problems in other elections as well. In 2008, Idaho Democrats were peeved Judd qualified for the ballot, with one Democratic official calling him a “yahoo prisoner in Texas.”
It’s not the first time that Democratic primary voters have sent a message of disapproval to Obama — the president lost 15 Oklahoma counties to anti-abortion activist Randall Terry in the March primary.
Obama is hardly popular in West Virginia — he lost the state to both Hillary Clinton and John McCain, in the primary and general election respectively. The state’s Democratic governor and senator have both so far declined to endorse Obama for reelection.
Right on cue, the Obots blame racism. Just like four years ago when Hillary won over 70% of the vote in WV. Because there can’t possibly be any other explanation. All hail the glory of Obama!
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, 20% of the Democrats there chose “no preference” over Obama. Unfortunately, 60% of that state’s voters also chose to adopt a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Turn-out was high, and apparently many supporters of the amendment were Obama voters:
As National Journal’s Beth Reinhard wrote on Monday, the issue of gay marriage is politically complicated for Obama because while young voters largely support it, African-Americans do not.
Indeed, many rural, heavily African-American counties that strongly supported Obama in the 2008 contest overwhelmingly backed the gay marriage ban. In Hertford County, which is over 60 percent African-American, Obama won 70 percent of the vote in 2008 but it voted heavily for Amendment 1 (3,817 yes votes; 1,627 no votes).
In Bertie County, the most African-American county in the state (over 62 percent), Obama garnered over 65 percent of the vote. The county isn’t reporting final results for the amendment, but 2,703 are currently voting yes while just 951 voted no.
The handful of counties that opposed the amendment were urban centers, most featuring large college campuses.
Conservative black voters provided the margin of victory for Prop. H8 in California in 2008 too.