Bad day for Obama, unions in NC, WV, and especially WI

posted at 8:41 am on May 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like Tuesday was a bad day for Barack Obama, Democrats in general, and particularly the unions.  Three states held primaries, and in each, voters rejected positions and/or candidates associated with all three, in embarrassing vote totals.  Let’s start with the least significant of these outcomes, the Democratic presidential primary in West Virginia, where an inmate in federal prison ran a novelty primary challenge to Barack Obama — and came within 20 points of winning (via Polipundit):

An obscure federal prison inmate gave President Obama an unexpected run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic Primary Tuesday, highlighting the deep dislike for the president in the Appalachian heartland.

With 96% of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, Keith Judd was holding steady at 41% of the vote and had won ten counties.

Judd is also known as federal prison inmate Number 11593-051 at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas, where Judd is serving a 210-month sentence for extortion and making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.

The best part of this story?  Thanks to the size of the popular vote for Judd, he’s entitled to at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention.  I’d bet that the DNC will rule that Judd’s ineligibility as a convict will allow them to strip him of whatever delegates he does win, but it’s going to be a little embarrassing nonetheless.

Still, Obama has absolutely no chance of winning West Virginia in a national election anyway, so that’s more sideshow than significant.  However, Team Obama needs to carry North Carolina again this year after their narrow 0.3% win in 2008.  Obama ran unopposed in the primary in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean he won all of the votes.  In fact, Obama couldn’t reach 80% in the Democratic primary, which featured competitive Congressional primary contests on the ballot.  Obama won only 79.2% of the vote, with slightly more than a fifth of all Democratic voters (20.8%) expressing “no preference.”  That totals over 140,000 Democrat votes that didn’t go to Obama in an unopposed primary — and Obama only won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008.  The Tarheel State’s beginning to look like a lost cause.

Speaking of lost causes, the traditional marriage amendment that Obama publicly opposed in North Carolina passed by a wide margin:

North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

North Carolina is the last state in the south to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

Incomplete returns show the amendment up 59.72 percent to 40.28 percent. Some large counties, including Durham and Mecklenburg have not reported results.

The final results were even more dramatic, 61.05% to 38.95%.  That represents a strong rejection of Obama’s position, and a demonstration of why the Tarheel State may already be lost to Obama.

By far the worst news for the Left came in Wisconsin, where primaries were held for the recall elections next month.  Tom Barrett won a contentious fight against Kathleen Falk, the candidate of Big Labor who got a ton of union help for her campaign but lost badly by 24 points, 58/34.  The real story, though, was Scott Walker, who got more votes than both combined despite facing only token opposition in the Republican primary:

As Barrett was campaigning Tuesday, Walker was barnstorming the state and showing the fight he will bring to what is expected to be a brutal month of canvassing for one of the most important elections to state office in Wisconsin history. A poll last week showed Walker and Barrett in a dead heat.

Walker, who won over 600,000 votes despite facing only token opposition Tuesday, has been preparing for months for the fast-approaching election, raising a record $25 million, while Barrett must now pivot toward this race with far fewer resources.

There was little reason for Republicans to turn out for this primary, as their incumbents are all trying to hold their offices.  Walker’s opponent got less than 20,000 votes, while Walker rang up over 626,000.  Contrast that the two Democrats, who combined for 619,049 votes, seven thousand less than Walker, in a primary election where unions tried to stoke turnout to boost Falk.  Republicans in Wisconsin appear fired up and ready to turn out in June, and presumably in November, to protect their state against Big Labor’s efforts to undo the 2010 elections and take control of the state.  That’s not good news for Obama, either, since Obama won Wisconsin in 2008 and needs the state in 2012.

All of that makes for a very bad night indeed for Democrats, and a pretty good indicator which way the wind is blowing before the general election.


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All of that makes for a very bad night indeed for Democrats, and a pretty good indicator which way the wind is blowing before the general election.

Followed shortly/daily by poll after poll after poll showing obama close or winning followed by GULP!!!How can that be?!? It’s all BS designed to prop up the SCOAMF…taken seriously by professional poll sniffers…

winston on May 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Apparently you can’t grasp the idea of a representative government. When you vote for your representatives in Congress, you are letting them vote on your behalf.
inthemiddle on May 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Gee, thanks for the civics lesson. Ironically, the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted by our representatives in Congress but no doubt you want the courts to overturn it – so call me unimpressed by your alleged advocacy of representative government.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

And the day got even better.

Later all.

hawkdriver on May 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Cheers…

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

When you lose everywhere else, pray to the supreme court. The lefty’s god.

cozmo on May 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The left is all for democracy until they disagree with the will of the people. The same thing happens with free speech. All for it until they disagree with the message.

stvnscott on May 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Gov. Walker’s GOTV operation is impressive, as is GOP enthusiasm in Wisconsin.

LFRGary on May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Gallup: Do you have mad love for Obama?

sdbatboy on May 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Don’t Muslims have the right to practice their religion which includes the practice of polygamy?

talkingpoints on May 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

No! This issue was decided by the Supreme Court in the late 1800′s (see Reynolds v. United States) when Mormons wanted the legal right to practice polygamy in America. The Court at that time said that the right to practice a religion doesn’t include actions that violate the law as it exists.

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama’s Position? Which position? His stated position? His nudge-nudge wink-wink position? Joe Biden’s trial balloon position? Axelrod’s Gay money position? He’s got more positions than the Kama Sutra.

trubble on May 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

lmao ..you gotta love it ! Obammy sticking his crooked finger into the wind to try a figure out which way to go….

The fool can’t lead, he’s an idiot.

And the msm tries to make us believe he is the “Great Orator” . He can’t string 2 sentences together without his teleprompter.

Smartest person in the room my a$$..

He’s a fake.. A figment of the MSM’s imagination.

RockyJ. on May 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Well, actually, that liberal bigot inthemiddle just showed up.

Right Mover on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What exactly is he “in the middle” of?

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

of that makes for a very bad night indeed for Democrats, and a pretty good indicator which way the wind is blowing before the general election.

Followed shortly/daily by poll after poll after poll showing obama close or winning followed by GULP!!!How can that be?!? It’s all BS designed to prop up the SCOAMF…taken seriously by professional poll sniffers…

winston on May 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Nothing new; if we get in the WayBack Machine and look at the polls from the 1980 election…

October 1979, Ronald Reagan
Favorable 38 %
Unfavorable 39%

January 10, 1980 Gallup Poll
Carter 63%
Reagan 32%

March 1980 Harris Poll
Reagan 40%
Carter 58%

October 24 – 26 1980 Gallup Tracking
Carter 45%
Reagan 42%

How did that turn out again?

jaydee_007 on May 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

No, I don’t. Who was saying it?

Night Owl on May 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Die Yuppie Scum was big during the Reagan years. Apparently a revival of this theme was attempted recently by the usual suspects.

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’d bet that the DNC will rule that Judd’s ineligibility as a convict will allow them to strip him of whatever delegates he does win, but it’s going to be a little embarrassing nonetheless.

But they want felons to be allowed to vote?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM

In any case, who wants to move to redneck NC? No big lose there!

inthemiddle on May 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Yes, very humiliating. For WV. Can that state be capable of feeling embarassment though? I mean, it’s WV.

inthemiddle on May 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM
Your whole shtick is concern and compassion and yet you prove that you are a stereotyping, bigot.

Vince on May 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yep.

hollygolightly on May 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Well, actually, that liberal bigot inthemiddle just showed up.

Right Mover on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What exactly is he “in the middle” of?

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

O’bama’s descending colon?

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

i dealt with a very upscale computer company in toronto and one time I told the owner how much I liked toronto and he said he was moving the whole company to north carolina (and he did).
I would not call most of north carloina red neck at all, that peep is ignorant.

second I just saw an “obama sucks” bumper sticker, anybody know where I may buy one?

tee hee

noVote4obama! evah.

losarkos on May 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I just worry about Julia in all this. What’s going to happen to her if Obama loses?

dirtseller on May 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Hopefully Mittens will find her a job.

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Where is angryed?

JPeterman on May 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Well, actually, that liberal bigot inthemiddle just showed up.

Right Mover on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What exactly is he “in the middle” of?

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

O’bama’s descending colon?

Del Dolemonte on May 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I thought a gay samwich, but your answer is good too.

Gladtobehere on May 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

A bad day for obama is a GOOD DAY for AMERICA!

Pork-Chop on May 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Obama won only 79.2% of the vote, with slightly more than a fifth of all Democratic voters (20.8%) expressing “no preference.”

Why is this so difficult to understand and why is this even news? What the numbers above mean is that even if these morons have to vote for a dead and buried person, as long as there is a D next to their name on a ballot, they will vote for that person. This is what “no preference” means to them. And to us.

riddick on May 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The way your Congressional leaders vote is a reflection of your views – because you put them there to represent you!

inthemiddle on May 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

That is plain horse crap.

One word. Obamacare.

Tenwheeler on May 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I love how the Liberals are all out in force calling those people in North Carolina “rednecks”.

Can African American be Rednecks also? Cause 61% of them voted for the Marriage Amendment.

So the Question Liberal need to ask themselves is, who they want more: Wealthy Gays or the African American GOTV?

GadsdenRattlers on May 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Let’s see if this gets any national coverage anywhere but FOX NEWS……

Rohall1215 on May 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

A bad day for obama is a GOOD DAY for AMERICA!

Pork-Chop on May 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

.
Ain’t it the truth. : )

listens2glenn on May 9, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Everything’s awesome except the North Carolina thing. Nice to see people turning out to beat the labor unions though.

Cyhort on May 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

He’s a fake.. A figment of the MSM’s imagination.

RockyJ. on May 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

which is why the MSM covers for him and carries his water for him.
they have too much invested in him ….

conservative tarheel on May 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I don’t remember any exact numbers but I seem to recall it being in the 52-53% neighborhood. Certainly nowhere near the 61% it actually got.

Bitter Clinger on May 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Thanks, that’s what I was thinking.

Greg Q on May 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

But isn’t an amendment to the state constitution unassailable by the state or federal supreme courts? I think this one’s in there solidly.

Prufrock on May 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

That’s what we thought in California, too, that if we amended our state’s constitution, the change would be unassailable. That was when we were naive and still thought there were rules and stuff.

Burke on May 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

One can hope that anybody that would prefer a convicted, and still incarcerated, felon to Barak Obama would also prefer Mitt Romney to Barak Obama, but we won’t know until November.

“It ain’t over ’till it’s over.”

A. C. on May 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

So, do the lefty haters hate President Obama because he is a “bigot” and is against “gay marriage”? Does that make the lefty haters “racists” for hating a black man? And if President Obama comes out today as PRO gay marriage, does that mean yesterday he was a “bigot” but today he isn’t?
This is all so confusing to us rightwing knuckle-draggers…

Strike Hornet on May 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

That’s what we thought in California, too, that if we amended our state’s constitution, the change would be unassailable. That was when we were naive and still thought there were rules and stuff.

Burke on May 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

IMHO NC took lessons learned from you guys …
since gays could have civil unions the judge determined they also had
to be able to have gay marriage …

NC took the step in only allowing marriage between 1 man and 1 woman
no civil unions … less chance for a judge to
over turn it like in CA …

conservative tarheel on May 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Well I hope that guy who got trucked by his wife is able to vote in the general.

John Kettlewell on May 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I’d bet that the DNC will rule that Judd’s ineligibility as a convict will allow them to strip him of whatever delegates he does win, but it’s going to be a little embarrassing nonetheless.

Actually, Judd is not ineligible for a federal office. The only ineligibility that exists on the federal level is if he were impeached, convicted, and then had the Senate specifically apply the “future ineligibility” punishment.

Of course, the House could “play games” and refuse to accept him as either a House member if he ran for that or President. Similarly, the Senate could “play games” and refuse to accept him as either a Senator or Vice President.

Steve Eggleston on May 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Im smiling, Its about time for some reality, the communists/socialist/Marxist..POS need to go.
AAction will only take you so far, you actually have to do something, thats where they get confused.

MrMoe on May 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Not to mention that it was a bad day for GOP Elitists in Indiana:

After Lugar Loss, Indiana G.O.P. Calls for Unity
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/us/politics/after-lugar-loss-indiana-gop-calls-for-unity.html?pagewanted=all

*facepalm*

Be sure to reads the article as it shows that Conservatives are excited about this, more so than anything reported concerning Willard to date.

DannoJyd on May 10, 2012 at 3:48 AM

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