Obama Might Lose West Virginia Delegate to Federal Inmate
4:09 PM, May 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama might not be the only Democratic presidential candidate to receive a national party delegate in West Virginia. Keith Judd might receive one, also. But, in order for him to be represented at the Democratic National Committee convention in North Carolina, he must win at least 15 percent of the vote. The Charleston Gazette reports:
Who is Judd, though? "Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, where he is serving a 210-month sentence for extortion," the Gazette reports.
"Judd was able to gain access to the West Virginia primary ballot thanks to the state's comparatively liberal ballot access laws, which require only that candidates meet residency, age and any other eligibility requirements for the particular office, and pay the filing fee," the Gazette writes.
Already, Democrats are more than uncomfortable, trying to figure out how to deny Judd a delegate even if he receives the minimum percentage of votes.
The West Virginia primary is today.