Scarbro said he also believes the national party changed its rules to require candidates to be on the ballot in multiple states in order to have delegates to the national convention.
"I think they did that to eliminate 'favorite son' candidates," he said, referring to the now-rare practice of state delegations throwing support to a local politician, rather than supporting the national candidates for president.
Judd, a frequent dark-horse candidate for president, was on the 2008 Idaho primary ballot, finishing a distant third behind Obama and Hillary Clinton, with 1.7 percent of the vote.
Judd was able to gain access to the West Virginia primary ballot thanks to the state's comparatively liberal ballot access laws, which require only that candidates meet residency, age and any other eligibility requirements for the particular office, and pay the filing fee.
Conversely, neighboring Virginia has one of the nation's toughest ballot access requirements. Candidates for president must obtain 10,000 signatures from registered state voters, with at least 400 signatures from each of the state's 11 congressional districts. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only two Republican candidates to appear in the Virginia presidential primary this year.
Judd, who is not on the ballot in any other state this year, distributed a position paper to state media.
In it, Judd appears to oppose national health care reform on the grounds that it violates the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that powers not designated to the U.S. government are sovereign to the states.
Judd also cites the 10th Amendment in arguing that incarcerated felons should not be disqualified from voting.
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