Thousands of Arkansas voters expressed their disapproval of President Barack Obama in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary by casting a protest ballot for Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe, who opted to challenge Obama on the ballot.
The state's Democratic Party said last week it would not award any delegates to Wolfe. But many Arkansans opted to cast a ballot for Wolfe anyway, to show their disatisfaction with the President.
With 35 of Arkansas' 75 counties reporting, Wolfe has already secured 42,734 votes (38.8%) compared to Barack Obama's 67,316 (61.17%). He's Arkansas' version of Keith Judd.
In an interview with PolicyMic, Wolfe said, "I want [President Obama] to hear it loud and clear. Dissatisfaction runs deep – not least of all in the South. I won the vote in 3 districts in Louisiana, and had 12% of the vote across the state. 24% of Democrats voted against Obama statewide. The anti-Obama vote reached a peak of 43% in Oklahoma. Over 11% of Democrats nationwide are voting against Obama in contested races. ... His wealth distribution plan hit home for Americans who were losing their homes and struggling to put food on the table. ... I launched my underdog campaign not because I thought I could win against the political machine but because I refuse to stand idly by as this administration pursues the wrong priorities."
In tonight's other GOP primary in Kentucky, Obama also failed to win over voters. In Kentucky, President Obama was the only candidate, however, Democratic voters also had the option of choosing an “uncommitted” box. This option received 42% of the Democratic vote, with the president receiving only 58%, serving as a statement of Kentucky Democrats' disapproval of many of the president’s policy initiatives.
For a complete run-down of the Arkansas vote and to follow along live, see here.