Charleston, W.V. - Sometimes it isn't easy being President Obama. In West Virginia, where the President has never been so popular, President Obama only got 60% of the vote in a Democratic Primary where his only challenger was Keith Judd. Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.
Sometimes all you have to do to get votes in West Virginia is not be President Obama.
Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat told the Huffington Post,
"I voted against Obama. I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."
All it took for Judd to get on the ballot was a $2,500 filing fee and a certified letter of intent.
Voters in most southern states sent a message to Obama that his policies were not necessarily in line with their values. In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protestor Randall Terry got 18 percent of the primary vote. A lawyer from Tennessee, John Wolfe, pulled nearly 18,000 votes in the Louisiana primary. In Alabama, 18 percent of Democratic voters chose "uncommitted" in the primary rather than vote for Obama.
West Virginia is coal country and President Obama's energy policies have not been so popular in the State. Neither the State's Democratic Senator nor Democratic Governor have not said if they will support President Obama in the general election.
Hillary Rodham Clinton beat Obama handily in the state's 2008 primary, and he lost the state to Republican John McCain in the general election. Polls show some of his worst approval ratings in West Virginia.
Brown, who brought his daughter to the polls, chuckled when she said that she was originally planning on voting for Judd too until she found out where he resided.
"I'm not voting for somebody who's in prison," she said. "I just want to vote against Barack Obama."