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Texas prisoner wins 40 per cent of ballot against Obama

West Virginians signalled dissatisfaction with Obama in Democratic primary.

March 2008 photo of federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49.
March 2008 photo of federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49.
Image: (AP Photo/ The Beaumont Enterprise courtesy of Keith R. Judd)

A MAN WHO IS SERVING time in a Texan prison took more than four out of ten votes in the Democtratic Party poll in West Viriginia against US President Barack Obama.

Keith Judd took 41 per cent, while the president took 59 per cent (over 105,000 votes).

Judd is serving a sentence at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

When questioned, some voters told the AP that they preferred to vote for a prison inmate rather than vote for Obama.

The West Viriginia state Democratic Party executive director Derek Scarbro said that no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd at the Democratic National Convention. Generally, taking a 15 per cent wedge of the vote entitles a candidate to a delegate.

Scarbo said the party doesn’t believe Judd has filed the appropriate paperwork, but that officials are looking into the matter.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney won the Republican Party poll with more than 75,000 votes (68 per cent). Rick Santorum, who recently called on his supporters to back Romney over Obama, took 13 per cent, and Ron Paul took 11 per cent.

The Democratic National Convention is to be held in North Carolina during the first week of September. The Republican National Convention is being held in Florida in the last week of August.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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