March 8th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Update: Obama leading in Wyoming caucuses

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (CNN) - With more than three-fourths of precincts reporting, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois held a strong lead Saturday in the Wyoming Democratic caucus over his main rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.

Obama led Clinton 59 percent to 40 percent, with 78 percent of precincts reporting.

The caucus thrust the state - which has only 12 delegates - into the spotlight because of the close race between Obama and Clinton, in which every delegate counts. Although Wyoming typically is not a stop for Democrats looking for delegates to clinch the party's presidential nomination, its numbers could make a different this year because of the delegate deadlock.

Seven delegates will be apportioned based on caucus results, according to John Millin, head of the state Democratic Party. The remaining five will be allocated at the state convention, which will happen Memorial Day weekend in Jackson.

Track county-by-county results here.

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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Chris -- Cleveland

    Hahaha, he's going to deteriorate most of her entire March 4 gains WITH WYOMING. That would make a nice headline, but seeing as how everyone said TX was "a big win" for her, I doubt that would be worth mentioning.

    P.S. Is the friggin TX caucus counted yet even?

    March 8, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Kego Onyido

    There's merit to the idea of a joint ticket . For some reason, I'd prefer an OBAMA-CLINTON Ticket better than a CLINTON-OBAMA Ticket, lol

    March 8, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Jack

    Obama wins 61-39!!!

    Did anyone catch what Hillary Clinton said in Wyoming? She said caucases aren't "real elections." So, the people who have voted for Obama in this Country in caucases haven't really voted? What kind of arrogant spinning of her loss is that? Just like in Ohio she said that the people of Ohio are "smart" and that is why they voted for her, meaning that the majority of Americans, whom voted Obama, are idiots. Incredible!

    March 8, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. dee

    Big deal another flippin caucus in a red State, where all the people don't even vote. I think we had around 8,000 people vote out of a whole State, compared to Hillary winning Texas with over 100,000, Votes. WHAT A JOKE AND THEY CALL THIS DEMOCRACY SOUNDS LIKE A BIG CHEAT TO ME. I don't blame Hillary for not wasting her money in a red State where you have 169,000, registered Republicans and about 60,000. registered Democrats, thats a know brainer. STUPID OBAMA.

    March 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. vic nashville,Tn

    It is not good day !!!!! I missed Wolf Blitzer in Election Center 08
    When Wolf is announcing the election result interesting to watch
    He is the king

    March 8, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Giovanni

    I reallly wasn't aware that this was even considered a contest worth mentioning. Shows how off i am...

    March 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Liz

    I am watching the ballot bowl and the female commentator just read off the totals of the pledged delgates of Obama and Clinton, it was wrong. The numbers that she quoted were the numbers of the pledged plus the super delegates. Also it is already on your page that Obama received 9 delegates from Wyoming while Clinton received 4.

    March 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. John Stevens

    Democratic caucus by name only. This way of delegate selection is not democratic – it is not unfair.

    About 10,000 people will 'vote' in public in the process in Wyoming for 12 delegates whereas millions of voters in Ohio will truly elect about 120 delegates. Not fair at all.

    All the contests in the primary contest should be PRIMARIES IMHO.

    March 8, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Perry Spark

    Nice to see that Barack has regained the 3 delegates he lost in the Texas Primary. Barack consistently shows that his message can reach more states than merely those who have a hardcore democratic base.

    March 8, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Ratzo8

    We know by now that Obama has won the Wyoming caucus, so CNN can stop "projecting." But what I'd like to know is why isn't CNN crediting Obama with winning the Texas caucus, as he has done. Obama's total delegate count from both the Texas primary and Texas caucus has exceeded that of Clinton's. From what I understand, by three delegates. If that is correct, then, in my book, Obama takes Texas. Why is CNN silent on this particular outcome?

    March 8, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Hilma Towell

    he always wins the caucasus-just not the primaries--go figure

    March 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Goodheart

    Every state should hold a primary where everyone votes. Sure, Obama has won 13 caucuses, but not everyone voted. In addition, Florida and Michigan don't count. Caucuses are so confusing. It's hard to believe a nominee is being elected that way.

    Also, Wyoming will definetly go Republican in the general election. It's hard to believe the Democrats are excited about a candidate who can win states like Wyoming and Mississippi which have a history of always going Republican in the general election.

    March 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. EBC

    What no comments from the Clinton supporters? Funny that?

    March 8, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. sharon

    I don't understand why CNN has covered tonight's win by Obama as a split decision. Obama won this caucas with a solid majority. 7 for Obama is significantly different from 4. In fact, your tracking site shows 9 for Obama and 3 for Clinton.

    Please stop reporting this as a small victory.

    March 8, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. EC


    Where are all the Clinton supporters nows? Hummmm.....

    March 8, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Logan

    With one of the most unpopular president's in the nation's history, it would seem that the Democrats would be heading for the White House. But I'm afraid that yet again the Democratic Party will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They will bicker and fight over differences so small to make them non-sensical, split the party further, rather than winning a national election. Unless the two major Democratic candidates figure this out quick, Senator McCain might as well start measuring curtains and looking at carpet samples for the White House. All he has to do is look Presidential, raise money, and not make mistakes, while the democrats go through this kabuki theatre. The DNC has failed and we need a new party because the Democratic Party as a party is going the way of the corvair and Ralph Nader. The party of John F. Kennedy and Franklin D Roosevelt, which saved our family may be extinct,

    March 8, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. karen

    It's pretty much over now. Obama will win the nomination. I don't care what Hillary says anymore she is crying like an child who needs attention. She is wasting our precious time. We need to focus on McCain. Also I am a PA resident, she will not win PA. We are not like Ohio, we like nice people not Hillary. And by the way, Obama seems to be winning big and populated cities and states with a high % of caucasians so he is already making his change, it's called UNITY !!
    So stop saying Obama's speeches are empty it is already moving people to vote and unite under his leadership, the change is already done.

    March 8, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Chris G

    Winning the Democratic primary in a prohibitively Republican state does not say much about electability. Typically, Democrats in states such as Wyoming are in such a minority and so opposed to the Republican governments that traditionally walk into power every four years, that they will support ideas that are the most diametrically opposed to the status quo. Mr. Obama has presented a bunch of fine ideas to the electorate thus far, but has failed to suggest how we will ultimately pay for them. He is providing nothing more than false hope to not only Democrats, but everybody in the country. He is not an electable candidate. Democrats should see the light before they send another George McGovern to the slaughter, and nominate Mrs. Clinton before winning the White House becomes an unwinnable dream.

    March 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Matt in Austin

    Where are the final results on Texas?
    Should the media retract and say the Obama actually won Texas?
    Yes, I think they should.

    March 8, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. alfred hanson

    i personally think obama is the man for the job.he has what it takes to run over the gop nominee.experience is a great accomplishment but that alone do not warrant any one to run a great office.esp. look at the quick temper of this man,no good.america wake up it si a new era.go obama.GOD be with you.keep your hope and faith up you will not only win the nomintion but you will be the next president of the.united states....just receive and it shall be done amen.when you win this election you are going to reign for 8yrs with a lot of achievements hence giving the democrat another 8yrs.this is done .amen

    March 8, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. curtis in WI

    Clinton narrowed the margin of delegates by only 20 last Tuesday, not counting the TX caucuses (which they are still counting, HUH?) and Obama just made back a lot of that. This coming Tuesday in MS, her gains will be completely erased.

    March 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Willy


    March 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Ohio Democrat

    It seems that Obama's younger followers dominate the caucuses, nothing new. Was a disaster in Texas even to the point where people were frightened.

    March 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. An Agnostic Democrat

    Another win, according to the gospel of Queen Clinton, that won't count. Maybe if she feels that strongly about it, she should sacrifice her wins in all the other small states and caucuses. The woman is not only a joke but more delusional than her husband.

    March 8, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. shelly

    Imagine that, another red state win for Obama. To bad hes not a republican. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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