Although last night’s primaries had some exciting moments, one thing that really wasn’t exciting was the Democratic race for president. However, it was a little more interesting than it probably should have been.
For the most part, President Barack Obama is running unopposed in most states, as incumbents generally do. But you do get your random protest candidates — Randall Terry with his bloody fetus videos being one example.
Last night, Obama was up against Keith Judd in the state of West Virginia.
Keith Judd is a federal prisoner.
Political Wire reports that “Keith Judd, a federal inmate serving time for making threats at the University of Mexico, won 41% of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary.”
Things were nearly as bad in North Carolina, where 20 percent of voters in the Democratic primary voted “no preference” rather than voting for Obama.
The votes for Judd, as well as the “no preference,” show an obvious protest vote is occurring in these states. But what are they protesting? According to Buzzfeed, Judd’s showing means unhappiness with being forced to vote for a non-white presidential candidate. “The votes appear to be votes against President Obama rather than for Judd. The state was one of the few states in which John McCain fared better against Barack Obama than George Bush did in 2004. Democrats in the state attributed Obama’s problems to his race, and sought to counter that with an unusually blunt campaign message in October, seeking — unsuccessfully — to convince white Democrats to vote for the African-American candidate. Primary exit polls found that 20% of white voters in West Virginia cited race as a factor in their overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton, the most in any state.”
As for North Carolina, with so many Democrats coming out in order to vote against banning gay marriage, and the president at that time still not publicly supporting gay couples’ rights to marry, is it any wonder so many would choose to vote for no one at all out of protest?
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