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Prison Inmate Gives Obama a Run for His Money in West Virginia

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- Keith Judd might have a future in presidential politics, provided he gets out of prison first.

Judd, who is currently serving time in a Beaumont, Texas, federal jail, collected 40 percent of the vote Tuesday in the West Virginia Democratic presidential primary.

The outcome was probably not so much a referendum on how much West Virginian Democrats like Judd, who was convicted of making threats at the University of Mexico 20 years ago, than how much they dislike President Obama, who wound up winning the primary with 60 percent of the vote.

Obama lost the state to Republican nominee John McCain in 2008 and the campaign expects he won't win West Virginia this November when Mitt Romney becomes his opponent.

Judd got on the ballot in West Virginia by paying a $2,500 entry fee and filing a notarized certification of announcement.  However, he'll have no delegates representing him at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September because no one filed to become one for the inmate.

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