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Four in Ten West Virginia Voters Choose Federal Inmate Over Obama

Keith Judd, Inmate No. 11593-051

A mullet-wearing inmate won 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday.  A 41 percent win qualifies him for at least one delegate, however the state’s Democratic party seems to be reluctant to have Judd represented at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.  Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said that no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd, and that Judd has not filed all required paperwork.

It is certainly impressive how much Judd has done from within the confines of prison, however.  While incarcerated at Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, where he is serving a 17-year sentence for extortion and making threats against the University of New Mexico, Judd has filed to run for President in every election since 2000.  In 2008, his name appeared on the Idaho ballot, where he won 1.7 percent of the votes.  According to his profile on, Judd studied political science at Harvard University, has degrees in nuclear physics and dance.  He describes himself as Rastafarian-Christian, and apparently has an extensive background in music and sound engineering.  His favorite sport is pool, he forgot his favorite food, and his hobbies include “telling the future.”

The federal inmate’s success likely has less to do with Judd’s qualifications as it does with some West Virginians’ extreme dislike of President Obama.  It was a tough choice for voters, made tougher by the fact that both candidates are Harvard grads, but in the end Obama triumphed, coming in at 59 percent.




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