A man currently incarcerated in federal prison beat President Obama in eight West Virginia counties Tuesday, according to unofficial results of a Democratic primary in that state.
Keith Judd, 53, who is serving a 210-month sentence for extortion, won 42 percent of the statewide vote. Obama won the primary with 58 percent.
Judd’s performance was good enough to earn multiple delegates to the Democratic National Convention, but no one has registered as a Judd delegate. West Virginia Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro told the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette that it is unlikely Judd will actually be represented in Charlotte this September but said he is “researching it.”
West Virginia has been a source of embarrassment for the president in recent weeks. Two of the state’s top Democrats, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin, have said they are unsure whether they will vote for Obama in November.
Obama lost West Virginia to Republican nominee John McCain by 13 points in 2008 after being crushed by Hillary Clinton in that year’s Democratic primary, 67 percent to 26 percent.
A poll published last week by the Daily Mail of Charleston showed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney leading the president by 17 points.