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.