Obama’s road to renomination had few real hurdles

Quirky challengers won no delegates

Oklahoma wasn’t the only state where the president faced a protest challenger in a primary. In West Virginia, Keith Judd — an inmate in a federal prison in Texas serving a 171/2-year sentence for extortion — won more than 40 percent of the vote in the state’s Democratic presidential primary in May. Mr. Obama won the contest with more than 59 percent of the vote, but the primary proved embarrassing to the president.

Mr. Judd wasn’t eligible for delegates because no one signed up to be a delegate for him.

But the Obama campaign had few expectations to win such Republican-leaning states as Oklahoma and West Virginia anyway, meaning the protest votes there likely won’t alter its overall strategy.

“It’s a different kind of Democrat out here” in Oklahoma, Mr. Gaddie said. “It’s sort of a last gasp of the old, rural New Dealers.”

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