- Last Updated: 12:21 PM, May 9, 2012
- Posted: 9:36 AM, May 9, 2012
CHARLESTON, WV -- President Obama faced stiff competition in Tuesday night's West Virginia primary from an unlikely candidate -- a federal inmate.
Keith Judd, better known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, claimed roughly 40 percent of the vote, The Charleston Gazette reported.
Although he is currently serving a 210-month sentence for extortion, Judd, by securing more than 15 percent of the vote, would be technically entitled to have at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention, the newspaper added.
By 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, the West Virginia Secretary of State's election website had Judd trailing Obama 57 percent to 43 percent -- with more than 100,000 votes counted.
Historically, Obama does not poll well in West Virginia, with John McCain easily beating him there during the 2008 presidential election, 56 percent to 43 percent.
Earlier this month, Democratic West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released a statement saying he was not yet able to endorse either Obama or the presumed Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Sen. Joe Manchin has been similarly noncommittal about the presidential race.
Judd has run in prior elections -- for president in 2008 and mayor of Albuquerque in 2007.