U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic caucuses in Wyoming, marking his seventh win in a row, according to initial results. The caucuses were the last before the crucial New York primary where nearly 250 delegates are up for grabs. (more)
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders led with 56.2 percent against 43.8 percent for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The results mean Sanders will receive at least 7 delegates and Clinton gets 6, with one more delegate still to be allocated.
While the Cowboy State does little to the overall race in terms of delegates, it marks the seventh win in a row for Sanders, who recently booked significant victories in Washington state and Wisconsin, and Saturday’s win will further bolster his rationale to continue onward.
Sanders was speaking at a rally in New York City when his wife Jane walked up to him to deliver the news. “Alright, news bulletin. We just won Wyoming,” the senator told the crowd. “We appreciate and thank the people of Wyoming so much for their support.”
Clinton remains the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, having obtained at least 1,302 pledged delegates before Saturday while Sanders has 1,088. Clinton also has hundreds of so-called superdelegates, but those still have the option to switch to Sanders. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
Saturday’s caucuses were the last before the Democratic primary in New York on April 19, during which a total of 247 pledged delegates are up for grabs. Polls there indicate that Clinton is likely to win, and the former secretary of state has already secured at least 34 superdelegates in the state.
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