Obama Beat by Felon in WV County

Keith Judd, Felon and U.S. Presidential Candidate
Keith Judd, Felon and U.S. Presidential Candidate

Something’s in the air in DC, and it smells a lot like coal dust to me. Last week, Jay Rockefeller called on coal companies to stop using scare tactics and denying the inevitable energy changes. Now I’m learning that, just before the Senator’s speech, one coal county sent a big, sooty cloud toward Washington. This one, though, was directed at The White House.

In the May Democratic primary, Mingo County, West Virginia gave 61 percent of the vote to Keith Judd, a convicted felon. Now mind you, Judd isn’t the kind of felon who paid his debt to society and is trying to make things right. He is serving time right now in a Texas prison for a fraud conviction. Somehow he managed to get himself on the West Virginia ballot and beat the President of the United States.

I heard about this unlikely showdown while riding in the car today. I was listening to the below NPR piece from Noah Adams, who is no stranger to these parts. He wrote the 2001 book Far Appalachia: Following the New River North and has regularly covered the region.

Take a listen to the story, and please oh please tell me what you think. Does Mingo County represent WV on this, or is it the outlier? What do you make of the locals interviewed in this piece? And is coal the new black, cause it sure seems to be getting a lot of attention?




  • tony bigcharles

    no one in WV with any common sense at all would vote for obama, as much as hes tried to kill their economy their jobs. all he cares about is pushing that filthy imorral disgusting queer agenda down the throats of the american people. thank God for that pool in VA willing to take a stand and say NO to queers.

  • Uncle

    These are likely miners who only know mining. It’s fear of losing your job and a way of life you’re comfortable with.

  • Colin

    Dear Tony:

    Before posting comments (as above), finish up your 2nd grade grammar & punctuation class; use a dictionary. And thank God your immoral (that’s how you spell it) bigotry will not go unnoticed.

  • Rita

    For Tony, no is shoving anything down Americans throat. Either you support it or you don’t. I do not support it, but these are my beliefs and it is NOT for people to judge. I bet if someone looked into your life, they would find PLENTY to judge about you. Leave the judging and finger pointing to God. I’m sure He knows how to do His job. FYI, that pool in Roanoke, VA did take a stand…they changed their policy to allow EVERYONE a chance to enjoy their services. This world is sick. You and people like you hate so passionately that you don’t care that a 2 year old is punished for an adult choice.

  • Rebecca Clayton

    Here in Pocahontas County, I’ve been dismayed by the amount of racist nonsense I’ve heard since 2008. People I used to respect feel free to use the “N” word assuming that no one will be offended. People that are smart enough to know better explain the birther conspiracy theory in detail. I suppose if Hilary Clinton had won the election, I’d be treated to a similar amount of misogynist ranting.

    All of that said, Obama won here with 60% of the vote. I voted for Gov. Tomblin’s and Sen. Manchin’s primary opponents (neither of whom are incarcerated) to let the sitting office holders know some constituents are not thrilled with their policies. I will vote for them in the general election because their Republican opponents are dreadful. Perhaps some of the people who voted against Obama used similar reasoning and are not flaming racists or reactionaries.

    I’m still catching up on blog reading after the power/phoneline outage of last week-sorry for the stale comment.

  • marklynn

    No need for apologies! Just glad you have electricity. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

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