- Post 23 May 2012
CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama won Tuesday's Democratic primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky with around 58 percent of the vote. But in both states, the opposition -- including "uncommitted" in Kentucky -- had a surprisingly strong showing against an incumbent president.
In Arkansas, a relative unknown -- Democrat John Wolfe, Jr. -- took 42 percent of the vote, capitalizing on what he calls "the undercurrent of discontent" in the Democratic Party.
Arkansas has an open primary, which means Republicans can choose to vote for Democrats.
But that is not the case in Kentucky, where 42 percent of registered Democrats selected the "uncommitted" option on the ballot in Tuesday's primary election.
Wolfe, a Tennessee attorney, says he launched his underdog presidential campaign, not because he thinks he can win -- "but because I refuse to stand idly by as this administration pursues the wrong priorities."
According to Wolfe, "under Obama’s leadership, the Democratic Party has proposed a misguided healthcare reform, continues to reward corporate thugs in the economic bailout, and falls short on foreign policy."
Wolfe previously took 12 percent of the vote in Louisiana's primary. And he is on the ballot in the May 29 Texas primary.
Wolfe's showing in Arkansas echoes what happened two weeks ago in West Virginia, where a felon took 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary.
On the Republican side of the ballot Tuesday, Mitt Romney took 68 percent of the vote in Arkansas and 67 percent in Kentucky.