By David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama is so unpopular with some West Virginia Democrats that they voted for a prisoner in yesterday's primary.
A prisoner in Texas, no less.
Keith Judd, who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats, actually got 41% of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.
Judd carried at least eight counties.
"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat, told the Associated Press. "I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."
When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."
Obama's energy and environmental policies are unpopular in a state where coal mining remains big.
West Virginia's top Democrats -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin -- have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.
Obama's chances of carrying the state aren't too good; John McCain carried West Virginia easily four years ago.
"Keith Judd's performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state," said West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart.
More from the Associated Press:
Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as a notarized certification of announcement, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office.
Attracting at least 15 percent of the vote would normally qualify a candidate for a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. But state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said no one has filed to be a delegate for Judd. The state party also believes that Judd has failed to file paperwork required of presidential candidates, but officials continue to research the matter, Scarbro said.
Voters in other conservative states showed their displeasure with Obama in Democratic primaries last March.
In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protestor Randall Terry got 18 percent of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary. In Alabama, 18 percent of Democratic voters chose "uncommitted" in the primary rather than vote for Obama.