President Obama is so unpopular with some West Virginia Democrats that they voted for a prisoner in yesterday's primary.
A prisoner in Texas, no less.
Keith Judd, who is serving a 17-year sentence at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats, actually, got nearly 41% of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.
Judd, whose inmate number is 11593-051, actually carried at least eight counties in West Virginia.
"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat, 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."
When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."
Obama's energy and environmental policies are unpopular in a state dominated by coal mining interests.
West Virginia's top Democrats -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin -- have declined to say whether they will support Obama in November.
Also bear in mind: It's not like this was a truly competitive primary -- Obama already has the nomination locked up -- so Democratic turnout was quite low.
There could also be racial factors behind the vote.
Judd, meanwhile, has "run" before, in the Idaho Democratic primary of 2008 (he got less than 2% of the vote). Some states have easier ballot access laws than others.
This kind of thing has happened to Obama in previous primaries. As we reported in March, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry won 18% of the vote against the president in Oklahoma.
Obama's chances of carrying West Virginia -- or Oklahoma -- aren't too good in any event; John McCain carried both states easily four years ago.
"Keith Judd's performance is embarrassing for Obama and our great state," said West Virginia GOP Chairman Mike Stuart.