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Federal Prisoner Gives Obama A Run For His Money In West Virginia, May Earn Delegates At Convention

Federal Prisoner Gives Obama A Run For His Money In W.V., May Earn Delegates

Meet Keith Judd — or as some call him, “Inmate No. 11593-051.” He is serving a 210-month sentence at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Despite that bothersome obstacle, he qualified for the West Virginia Democratic primary ballot and is currently giving President Obama a run for his money, racking up 41% of the vote.

This makes him qualified for a delegate according to state and national Democratic Party rules, the Charleston Gazette‘s Phil Kabler reports:

…If little-known Democratic presidential candidate Keith Judd secures 15 percent of the vote in today’s election, he will technically be entitled to have at least one delegate from West Virginia at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

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“While it is uncertain what amount of votes Mr. Judd will get …it is not likely that he will earn any delegates to the national convention,” Scarbro said Monday. “No one filed to run as a national convention delegate to support him for president and he may not be eligible to serve anyway, since he is currently an inmate in a federal prison.”

UPDATE: With 100% of all precincts reporting, Judd finished with nearly 70,000 votes, winning eight counties.

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