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. Sarah

    Good luck Mr. Obama. Obama 08'

    March 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Karl

    I think caucuses are about the stupidest thing during a presidential nomination season. In the case of Wyoming with half a million people how can you have 7,000 vote in a caucus and figure that is democratic? Just doesn't make sense to me. I really wish the democratic party would go to winner take all primaries in all states. In the genral election, there are no splitting of votes, delegates, etc. If you win, you win, plain and simple.


    March 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Pat

    Congratulations Obama! I am just puzzled why the Texas caucus results are taking so long to finalise? The last time I checked, it's STILL at 41%? Has CNN stopped reporting on this state?

    March 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Stewart, IL

    Congratulations Barack, now on to Mississippi!

    Obama 08

    March 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. stlouis

    No, he is not leading, he has won!!!

    March 8, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Ronald, American living abroad

    Come on CNN "which has ONLY 12 delegates" (emphasis added)? Why are you continuing to repeat the Clinton line that only big states matter in this race? Obama is running a 50 state strategy in keeping with the strategy of the DNC. All Democrats should be proud of this and I think we will see the results in November when, with Obama as the presidential nominee, Congress will once again be returned to veto-proof Democrat hands (which was lost under Bill Clinton's presidency) and will be able to turn the US around!

    Congratulations to both candidates for a well-run race in WY!

    March 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. I AM

    The voices of Little America speaks for all.
    Continue to preach from the rooftops until Big States, USA hears you and it resonates at their precincts.

    Obama for USA President in 2008

    March 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    Thank God, he has won Wyoming! Yes indeed! The voters there, obviously weren't succured in with lies and deceit from the Hillary campaign, but Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, unfortunately bought into her mischief.

    The Obama Express will not be derailed! Senator Barack Obama, will indeed get the Democratic nomination, because he deserves it! He's largely ran a very clean, decent and respectable campaign, and therefore has earned the right to properly represent our country. Go Obama! Yes we can!!

    March 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Andrew Benjamin

    As goes Wyoming so goes the country! And don't write to tell me that isn't and old adage...I know it isn't, I'm the one who just made it up. Be that as it may, it's 100% true.

    March 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Charlene Harris

    One more for Barack Obama. Good job Wyoming, you know who the best person for the job. Now Mississippi it's your turn. State by state is choosing Barack Obama. Charlene

    March 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Anne C.

    Just curious–why are the Wyoming results being shown before all the polls there are closed? Do they handle caucus reporting differently than primary reporting. I thought you couldn't show results until all the polls closed so as not to sway any voters. Can someone explain the difference?

    March 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. David, Dumfries, VA

    Lets keep it going. Lets not go negative like Hillary, win or lose. This is definately want of the most historic campaigns. Yes we can.

    March 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. H.Cummings

    Why did Dana Bash say "Both candidates did well picking up delegates in Wyoming" Instead of saying,
    “Obama has won by a large margin 19% in Wyoming to pick up more delegates and popular votes.”?

    March 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. OPO

    Go Obama!

    OBAMA '08

    p.s. Are comments allowed today?

    March 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Pon Mao

    Obama just won Wyoming!

    Oh yeah, Hillary will say WYO doesn't count, because it's a RED state!

    But isn't TX also a RED state? And OH went to GW Bush in 2004? So what's the big deal that HRC won there ?

    Don't be fooled by Bill and Hillary Clinton as if a joint ticket is as good as Obama win Nomination.

    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 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Voice

    The red state will go to GOP anyway.

    March 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Ed K.

    A caucuse is a waste of time. Only the voters that have hours of their time to waste gets their votes counted. Most people that have to work or need to unwind from a hard week will not fool with a caucuse.

    March 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Sistah

    Looks like we're BACK...although we were never gone!


    But as Hillary said, "Me No Win The Next Two!"

    •:*¨¨*:• Go Obama 08 •:*¨¨*:•

    March 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Susan

    I am watching CNN and listening to Jessica Yellin reporting that while Senator Obama won, Senator Clinton also picked up a significant number of delegates in the Wyoming caucus. She picked up 3 delegates Jessica! The news here is that Obama increased his lead by 3 to 4 pledged delegates and broke Hillary's 3 state winning streak. What is up with CNN reporters slanting their news reports in favor of Senator Clinton's campaign? Has Hillary scared you all that much? Jessica isn't as bad about promoting Clinton as Wolf Blitzer, but she has definitely slanted her reporting of late. I just can't figure out how such acclaimed reporters as these could let Hillary intimidate them.

    March 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Sebastian francis


    Here is a win-win formula for Obama and Clinton. This formula will make history: we will have the first woman president and the first African-American as president as well. In 2008 a Clinton-Obama ticket. That is a sure winner. That guarantees the first woman president and the first African-American Vice president. And in 2016, Obama for president. All the Hillary fans are going return the favor to Obama in 2016. Two birds with one shot. That will make history. 2016 will be too late for Hillary. For Obama, who is young, that will be the right time. He will have the experience he needed by then.

    March 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. M. S. Indiana

    Looks like America found it's voice...

    Maybe time to listen to the people and release the WH papers and your old tax returns and sponsor list.

    March 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. KO

    Common sense prevails in Wyoming. Obama '08!

    March 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. gary

    I think caucases are stupid. Thats the only thing Obama can win.Where people can make up someones mind to vote , thats not fair. Many voters cant make them because they have to work. Primarys are real voters .They are secret votes the way they should be.Obama can win all he wants ,its going to come down to the super deligates.Their not going to go with someone thats unqualified to be a leader.Obama needs 8 more years training under HRC before he has enough to even be considered him leader material.He is to much of a follower.He has shown at debates agreeing to HRC on issues.He has to copy adds ,almost identical to HRC ,except for his repeating Iraq message. He is getting to sound like a broken record. You have to be qualified,experienced and have the know how to make the right judgement call. Give me a break , Go Hillary

    March 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Rick Dorce

    The Hillary compaign does not know what they want to do or say to win. Her compaign once vote to take Florida and Michigan off the bollot now because they are so desperate to win they want to go against their own vote. When it come to NAFTA Hillary Clinton is bluffing the people because her husband Bill Clinton was the president when NAFTA went into effect there is no way she is changing anything about NAFTA because it will make her Husband look like a very bad president. As far that I am concern Hillary is talk to talk just to get the nomination. Her and her compaign will say anything to win. The jobs lost that we have today to China and India is all from the Clinton's presidency.

    March 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Pamela

    I hope this is the beginning of another winning streak for Senator Obama. The clearly bigoted devisive politics from Senator Clinton has totally turned me off to her.
    I want a candidate who sees the citizens of the United States of America and not the Muslims in America, not the Blacks, and not using code words to White Americans who are fearful of the change,
    I am sick of that type of policitcs. I want Obama; he sees the United States of America for all – he is inclusive not decisive.

    March 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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