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Federal prisoner earns votes against Obama in West Virginia primary

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This image provided by Keith R. Judd shows the federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49, at the Beaumont Federal …

The outcry to vote against President Barack Obama was heard loud and clear in West Virginia.

In the Democratic primary there,  4 out of 10 cast votes for Keith Judd, a prisoner in Texas serving time a for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

Obama earned 59 percent of the vote. Judd received 41 percent.

Some voters clearly wanted to make a statement against President No. 44, even if it casts a vote for Inmate No. 11593-051.

"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanesm, W.Va. 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."

Brown said he instead voted for "That guy out of Texas."

Judd, who claims to have run for President in every election since 1996, was able to get on the West Virginia ballot by filing a $2,500 fee and completing a notarized form.

It's also unclear if Judd's status as a federal prisoner will affect the allocation of delegates at the Democratic convention.

Obama's lack of popularity in West Virginia is well documented writes Elizabeth Hartfield of ABC News: "The state's governor Earl Ray Tomblin and its junior senator Joe Manchin, both Democrats, have kept their distance from the president."

This is mainly due to Obama's environmental and energy policies incurring the wrath of West Virginia's coal industry.

Republicans called the Judd garnered embarrassing.  "Keith Judd's performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state," outgoing West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart told the AP.

Mitt Romney won the GOP primary in West Virginia with more than 69 percent of the vote.

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