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May 10, 2012 – 1:28 pm | Views: 913

(Reuters) – How popular is President Barack Obama in West Virginia? Just slightly more so than federal Inmate No. 11593-051, who received nearly 43 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic primary on Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office of the White House upon his return to Washington May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office of the White House upon his return to Washington May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

While the president was the undisputed victor – he took over 57 percent of the vote – Obama’s victory was colored by the fact that his opponent, Keith Judd, got 57,081 votes even though he is serving a prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas.

Judd, who is 53, is not due to be released until June 24, 2013 — a full five months after the next presidential inauguration, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

To be eligible to run, Judd had to file a Certificate of Announcement with the state by January of this year and pay a $2,500 filing fee, a spokesman at the state’s Elections Division said.

(Reporting By Edith Honan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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