- Posted May 9, 2012 by
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41% of West Virginia Democrats Reject Obama
Is it any wonder after yesterday's primary vote in West Viriginia where 41% of Democrats voted for a man who is sitting in a prison rather than vote for President Barack Obama, why the states junior Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, says he is unsure if he will support the President's re-election bid in November or support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney?
Even the states Democrat governor doesn't want the President coming around the state. And now it is clear that a healthy chunk of West Virginian Democrats prefer a jailbird to the President.
Does this explain the seeming lack of enthusiasm this election cycle compared to 2008 for the President?
Which means, as The Charleston Gazette has explained, that Keith Judd (who is serving 17 1/2-year sentence for extortion) could "technically be entitled" to have a delegate or two at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
And as the Beaumont Enterprise adds this morning, "nearly 70,000 West Virginians would rather have an actual criminal in the White House, than the current occupant." It adds, though, that no one has actually volunteered to be a Judd delegate at the convention.
According to the Gazette:
"Judd, a frequent dark-horse candidate for president, was on the 2008 Idaho primary ballot, finishing a distant third behind Obama and Hillary Clinton, with 1.7 percent of the vote.
"Judd was able to gain access to the West Virginia primary ballot thanks to the state's comparatively liberal ballot access laws, which require only that candidates meet residency, age and any other eligibility requirements for the particular office, and pay the filing fee."
In a "position paper" he sent to the news media, the Gazette adds, "Judd appears to oppose national health care reform on the grounds that it violates the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."
President Obama is so unpopular with some West Virginia Democrats that they voted for a prisoner in yesterday's primary.
A prisoner in Texas, no less.
Keith Judd, who is serving a 17-year sentence at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats, actually, got nearly 41% of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.
Judd, whose inmate number is 11593-051, actually carried at least eight counties in West Virginia.
"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat, told the Associated Press. "I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."
Obama's energy and environmental policies are unpopular in a state dominated by coal mining interests.
West Virginia's top Democrats -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin -- have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.
Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.
For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd votes.
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, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin -both Democrats have championed the industry - have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.
From the Cornfield, there is a protest vote out there among Democrats. It seems it is not just Republicans and independents who are questioning whether the President deserves another 4 years.