West Virginia Dems Prefer Inmate to Obama?

Four out of 10 of them did in the state's Democratic primary. Feel like throwing up your hands at the political process?

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If you were looking for an excuse to throw your hands up and completely disengage from the political process, this just might be your day. The Associated Press reports that a man in prison in Texas got four out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.

No, it wasn't a majority, but yes, a good 40 percent of voters thought that Keith Judd -- who is serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas -- would be a better choice than Barack Obama.

The Associated Press reports:

"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."

When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."

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.

Attracting at least 15 percent 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.

Read more at NPR.

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