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December 14, 2012
0:01 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2012
Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south
Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

Random long-shot candidates doing well against Obama in the south

Last night, a guy from Tennessee named John Wolfe Jr. scored 42 percent of the vote against Barack Obama in the Arkansas Democratic primary. Who? Exactly. (If you’re curious, read up over here.) But that said, it’s not the first time that’s happened in this election. This map, thrown together by Wikipedia, shows Obama’s victories by county in the 2012 primary season. A very interesting story being told here — “uncommitted” did very well in Kentucky, anti-abortion activist Randall Terry got a solid number of votes in Oklahoma, and prison inmate Keith Judd did well in West Virginia. But Wolfe, a serious but long-shot candidate, actually did better in Arkansas in 2012 than Hillary Clinton (who, remember, is from that state) did in 2008. To be clear — Obama has this in the bag, and these are states he doesn’t need to win in November, so Wolfe doing well is symbolic at best. But still: A bizarre but fascinating phenomenon.

11:09 // 1 year ago
May 9, 2012

Good work, West Virginia: You gave a prison inmate a delegate

  • 70,000 people voted for a prison inmate source

» 41 percent of the vote in the WV Democratic primary: Keith Judd, who has been in prison on extortion charges for over a decade, found himself scoring an unlikely level of support against President Obama last night — in what was likely intended more as a statement against Obama rather than one in favor of a guy who has run in every presidential campaign since 1996. Judd’s expected to be released in 2013, so if he did beat Obama, he might be out of prison in time to take office.

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10:43 // 1 year ago