March 8th, 2008
05:15 PM ET
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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. james, FLL

    Why hasn't CNN declared Obama the winner in Wyoming?

    March 8, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Pon Mao

    A Obama-clinton ticket will be unstoppable, but a clinton-Obama ticket will not go anywhere!
    Every smart person should realize with Hillary on top, the REAL VP is really Bill Clinton, whoever the VP candidate will be comitting a political career suicide under Hillary !

    Just look at what happened to Al Gore (I just learned the real VP to Bill Clinton was Hillary Clinton) !

    March 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Don, San Francisco

    Candidates, start your spin-meisters!

    March 8, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. LadyLeo

    Hillary's MOJO did not last long.


    March 8, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    I still don't understand how such a miniscule amount of people get to vote for the entire state. Most people can not take hours to stand around to vote. Obamas' crowd are young with nothing else to do but stand around for hours. Older people, and working people are disenfranchised by caucus voting.

    March 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |


    Obama-backing former Sen. Gary Hary writes: "It will come as a surprise to many people that there are rules in politics. Most of those rules are unwritten and are based on common understandings, acceptable practices, and the best interest of the political party a candidate seeks to lead. One of those rules is this: Do not provide ammunition to the opposition party that can be used to destroy your party's nominee. This is a hyper-truth where the presidential contest is concerned.

    "By saying that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party's nominee, and, perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to lose unless it nominates her."

    Jonathan Chait notes that "Pennsylvania is a swing state that Democrats will almost certainly need to win in November, and Clinton will spend seven weeks and millions of dollars there making the case that Obama is unfit to set foot in the White House. You couldn't create a more damaging scenario if you tried.

    March 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Tim Postma

    Obama does not have the experience. We have just been through this with Bush why would we want to do this again. Obama great speeches with no substance.

    March 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Will Clinton please do what the party needs and accept the VP spot. The numbers and reality shows she cant catch up with Obama.

    Plus even if she did, she cant beat McCain

    March 8, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. NICO, Chicago, IL


    March 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Grif

    Who cares? It's another just another Caucus, and all the security in a Caucus are on the same side as Obama... Black!!!

    March 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. person

    This is a true victory for the American people. Congratulations Wyoming! We will stop the Bush machine. And if Hillary wants the VP position, I have no objections because they would be unstoppable with her experience and his charisma as President.

    March 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. stu

    If Obama get nominated and become the president of USA, it means that the fate of million of US citizen has been decided by few thousand of little KIDS. Simply because Obama won many caucuses not primaries. All of caucuses are only games for the kids. Most adults don't want to go to caucuses because they are BS games !!!

    March 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Gwen Long

    Hillary leads with 75% and is projected the Winner
    Barack Obama leading with 91% and still no projection
    CNN.Politics front page Hillary Clinton with a link to news
    John McClain on your front page with a link to new
    Barack Obama with a link to new Oh wait there is not one!!!!

    March 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. BL

    I really do not care for Senator Obama, he has become everything he preached against... A TRUE politician.

    March 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Go Obama

    Obama is fast on his way of making a clean sweep with the remaining states, beginning with Wyoming.
    Mistake # 1 for Hillary: never neglect states. Never aim your campaign to get the big state votes like Guliana tried to do, by heading to Mississippi early. This resonates with the voters of other states.
    Mistake # 2: She is clearly trying to use Bill too much even still, after he has been recognized as being detrimental to her campaign. She doesn't learn, and chooses to neglect what the people say. This personality trait of Hillary is eerily similar to George W. Bush's denial of listening to the American people (despite the wiretaps). Do you want to be responsible for perpetuating a dynasty/imperical tyranny?
    I know I don't.
    Let's endeavor to change the world by electing Barack.

    March 8, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Obama for President

    The people of Wyoming are smart they are able to see through the fear tactics and bad management that has plagued the Hillary campaign! THEY WEREN'T FOOLED!!!!!

    The movement is alive and kicking!

    Vote for Obama for President!!!

    March 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Padma

    Happy to see that OBAMA has straight 12 winnings and now Wyoming caucus delegates too. This proves to be the next president of USA,'08.

    He should be the nominee for the president of 2008..!!!

    March 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    no more bush's or clinton's in the white house. we need real change.


    March 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Frantz

    The race is NOT that close CNN, regardless of haw you may try to spin it. Real clear politics has the real tally of deligates, as well as super deligates. Its pretty sad when you have to go to a conservative web site to get the CORRECT INFORMATION because CNN isdesperately trying to keep Hillary alive by the media resperators!!!! Your not fooling anyone CNN. Anyone with half a brain can figure out that the only way Hillary can take this nonimation is by stealing it. So she IS doomed to lose eventually either way. The only thing she may accomplish now is she may take Obama down with her. And your helping her do this. THANKS ALOT CNN FOR HELPING THIS COUNTRY SINK FURTHER JUST SO YOU CAN GET YOUR RATINGS THROUGH THE SUMMER!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  20. TICKET of HOPE: Obama Al-Gore

    Billary Clintons had their win in their last base of support that was Ohio. She will never see another win again – we are back on track.

    March 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Tony

    So this is all cnn has to say or report? Hillary was saying that Texas was a big stop and cnn made a big production of Hillary's "win" there although she lost her advantage in Texas in this not so "typical" stop for Democrats. So how come cnn gets aligned with the majority of the "Democratic" party officials and superdelegates in supporting Hillary, or cnn just like "reporting" or any dirty story which happen to be comming only from Hillary.

    March 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. mary stewart

    I'm proud of the independent spirit of Wyoming; we so desperately need change in Washington. At least with Obama there is a chance of this happening. Hillary is the old school politics; knife 'um when you can, anything to win. I'm tired of Bush and Clinton. Go Obama.

    March 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Monroe

    Why hasn't Wyoming been called for Obama? 91% reporting and he's 17 points up, isn't it clear now?

    March 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Gretchen Godfrey

    What is unfortunate about this caucus, and others, is the small percen of registered voters involved. Of course, it is more than ever before; however, it is prox 10% of those registered. In Washington state, the number was l.7% of those registered Democrats. This is pathetic. It points to the flaw of the caucus. Nevada still hasn't been able to finish its count because of rabble-rousing and disruptions in the Las Vegas process. Texas voters vote twice; first for Hillary and then in smaller numbers in caucuses, for O. Why? Has no one ever asked that question? There are intimidating forces involded here.
    A private vote is the best vote. Caucuses should be outlawed. The poor numbers in turnout do not speak for the entire voting public.

    March 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Kate

    You write "its numbers could make a different this year." Seriously, CNN. You've got to get some proofreaders.

    March 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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