Texas Felon Who Grabs 40 Percent of Vote In W.Va. Presidential Primary Speaks Out

UPDATE 5/14/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Keith Judd, sitting in a prison cell more than 800 miles away from the WSAZ studios, shared his insight into the 2012 West Virginia Primary Election.

Judd, who was on the ballot in the Democratic race for the presidency, pulled in more than 40 percent of the vote against President Barack Obama.

Judd, a convicted felon, spoke for about 20 minutes with WSAZ.com's Bill Murray in an interview the prison declined to be allowed for broadcast.

"I tried to get on the ballot in all the 50 states," Judd said. "It just seems like West Virginia was one where it happened. I wasn't selective; I've been working to get on every single one. A campaign for President has to be a nationwide campaign. I was just fortunate, by luck or good fortune, to get on the ballot in West Virginia; I was very pleased about that."

WSAZ.com obtained documents from the Secretary of State's office surrounding Judd's effort to get on the ballot. He has tried in years past but was successful in 2012. He was not certified as a candidate in 2008 because he failed to send in the filing fee on time.

This year, the Secretary of State's office received the notarized certificate of announcement with Judd's signature and three money orders totaling the application fee of $2,500. Two of the money orders were for $1,000; the third was for $500.

When asked about where the money came from, since Judd is sitting in prison, he told Murray he didn't come up with the cash.

"Some outside supporter provided that to the Secretary of State; I do have outside support," Judd said. "I'm unaware of who that particular person was, and whether it was a person or a collection of persons."

"Forty percent voted, and it wasn't for Obama; it was for Keith Judd," Judd said. "I think you have to respect the decision of this amount of people in West Virginia that there's something in West Virginia that's occurring throughout the entire nation. People want something different."

Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas on extortion charges for making threats at the University of New Mexico. He told WSAZ.com he'd been running in every presidential race since 1996.

"The people have been just starved for people to take back control of this government," Judd says. "By having me on the ballot for the Democratic nomination for President, it allowed a lot of people in West Virginia to actually stand up and say they want alternatives."

UPDATE 5/9/12 @ 7:50 p.m.
MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Keith Judd may have never been on President Barack Obama's radar, but the federal inmate is making headlines. He wants to be President of the United States.

Judd, who's currently serving time in a Texas prison on extortion charges, filed the paperwork to legitimately be on the West Virginia ballot. What has people talking is that Judd took home more than 40 percent of the vote on the Democratic Ticket. In nine West Virginia counties, he actually beat Obama.

"It's got people talking," Boone County Clerk Gary Williams said. "'I think 90 percent of the people has never heard of Keith Judd, and they were just voting against the Obama policies."

In Boone County, one of several southern West Virginia counties where coal is vital to the economy and people's livelihoods, Judd bested Obama by almost 200 votes.

Now, looking ahead to the Democratic Convention, the question is what's next?

In a statement to WSAZ, Derek Scarbro, executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party, states:

"It is not likely that Judd will earn any delegates to the national convention. No one filed to run as a national convention delegate to support him for President and he may not be able to serve anyway, since he is currently an inmate in a federal prison. The State Party is reviewing the National Party's rules to see if he met the requirements to earn delegates. All candidates for President are required to file certain papers with the party, but it does not appear that he (Judd) has done so."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas is getting 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.

The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

Voters in other 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.

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