President Obama didn’t lose any primaries Tuesday, but he did come out a loser.
Four in ten voters in both the Arkansas and Kentucky DEMOCRATIC primaries pulled the lever against him.
Returns are not complete, but Tennessee businessman John Wolfe appears to have pulled down about 40 percent of the vote against the president in Arkansas. In Kentucky, about 42 percent selected “uncommitted” rather than voting for Obama.
This is all meaningless in practical terms, of course. John Wolfe will not be accepting the nomination at the Democratic convention. But presidents who look to be strong running for reelection in the fall don’t lose 40 percent of the vote in three primaries in the spring – a Texas prison inmate picked up 40 percent in an earlier primary in West Virginia – even in states where they are not particularly popular.