Many West Virginians Prefer Prison Inmate To Barack Obama Because Of Race
Keith Judd is doing 210 months for extortion and making threats, and likely will be entitled to a delegate at the Democratic convention, as he clocks in with more than 15% of the vote.
The votes appear to be votes against President Obama rather than for Judd. The state was one of the few states in which John McCain faired better against Barack Obama than George Bush did in 2004. Democrats in the state attributed Obama’s problems to his race, and sought to counter that with an unusually blunt campaign message in October, seeking — unsuccessfully — to convince white Democrats to vote for the African-American candidate. Primary exit polls found that 20% of white voters in West Virginia cited race as a factor in their overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton, the most in any state.