President Obama is virtually guaranteed to win the party’s nomination again, but some Democratic voters across the country haven’t been sold on picking Obama — even when they don’t have a second choice.
Roughly 13 percent of Democratic primary voters so far have chosen not to pick Obama, with seven more primaries remaining leading up to the party’s national convention in September in North Carolina.
But several recent primaries in conservative states ended with surprising results — particularly Kentucky. Roughly 42 percent of Kentuckians on Tuesday picked “uncommitted” instead of voting for Obama to seek a second term.
That same day, outsider Democratic candidate John Wolfe Jr. won 42 percent of the vote in the Arkansas primary.
“I think it was a good showing,” he told FoxNews.com the next day, adding that the Arkansas results and getting roughly 12 percent of the vote in the Louisiana primary have bolstered his hopes for the Texas primary on Tuesday.
Perhaps more embarrassing for Obama was federal inmate Keith Judd winning 41 percent of the vote in the West Virginia Democratic primary May 8.
Even so, an overwhelming majority of voters in the Democratic primaries so far have cast ballots for Obama: 4.5 million of the roughly 5.2 million primary voters, or 86 percent.
The number voting “no preference” was roughly 4 percent, “uncommitted” was 3.84 percent, for Wolfe was 1.68 percent and for Judd was 1.39 percent.
“We look at this as a sign that there are conservative-minded Democrats who gave the president a chance in 2008 but are now disappointed with the results,” Republican National Committee press secretary Kirsten Kukowski said Thursday evening. “They look at the jobs he promised to create but didn’t, the debt he promised to cut but didn’t and the promise he made to change Washington but didn’t.”
Kukowski said the recent voting results indicate a problem for the Obama campaign during the national election, particularly in battleground and coal country states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and in North Carolina where voters still appear to be making up their mind.
The Democratic National Committees declined to comment for the story.
Wolfe thinks the larger question is largely about why Washington Democrats have cleared a path to victory for the president.
“They are so aligned with him that they are not looking at things that are important,” he said.