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Texas Inmate Gets 40 Percent of Vote in W. Va. Presidential Primary


President Obama is so unpopular in West Virginia that a Texas inmate won about 40 percent of the vote in the state’s Democratic primary.

Keith Judd paid a $2,500 filing fee and filed a form to get on the state ballot, the Associated Press reports. AP says Judd is in federal prison for making threats at the University of New Mexico, while ABC and the Charleston Gazette say he is incarcerated for extortion.

Candidates who garner more than 15 percent of the vote usually qualify for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. But no one has filed to be a Judd delegate, AP says.

Judd also made the Idaho ballot in 2008, according to Slate. The inmate filed quarterly reports this year with the Federal Election Commission that are actually essays about his political views. “Obama Care is all about taking money from the Working Slave Class,” Judd says in one of the reports. His biography on Project Vote Smart boasts of bowling a perfect 300 game and claims his father helped design the first atomic bomb, according to the Register-Herald.

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