Austin's NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

In West Virginia Primary, Texas Prisoner Gives Obama Run For His Money

Barack Obama photo courtesy of the White House; Keith Judd photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Corrections.
Texas inmate Keith Judd won roughly 40 percent of the votes in West Virginia's Democratic primary.

Texas prison inmate Keith Judd earned an unofficial 42 percent of votes in yesterday’s West Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary. President Barack Obama earned close to 58 percent.

So who is Keith Judd?

The Associated Press reports Judd is behind bars at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. Judd paid a $2,500 fee and filed a notarized form to get on the ballot in West Virginia.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, 53-year-old Keith Russell Judd will not be released from prison until June of 2013 — not in time to be sworn-in to office.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.