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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  1. Carla

    Another win for Obama but I sure Clinton will come up with an excuse about why this one does not count either.

    March 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Obama wins another – attains more delegates – and Hillary & Bill are playing "Let's make a Deal"! NOT!!
    Obama 08!

    March 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. April

    Obama's desire to discount Florida and Michigan voters for his own benefit is like the Bible story about the two women who both claimed that the baby was theirs. One woman wanted to cut the baby in half–and the real mother loved the child too much to ever consider that. Guess which women Obama represents. He is showing what he would be like as a president–and it looks like he would be in favor of whatever he wanted not what was best for the country or his party.

    Howard Dean can't campaign for Obama and objectively run the Democratic National Committee at the same time. I feel he is dishonest and should be removed from office.

    March 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Sharon

    CNN, why are you talking only about Clinton when Obama has won the Wyoming caucus by 19%? Why didn't you say, "Clinton won the Texas primary, but Obama walked away nearly the same amount of delegates." I haven't seen one statement about Obama's victory tonight without the reporter saying that "Clinton got a significant amount of delegates." No mention of ending Clinton's momentum? How about Obama's prospects to win Mississippi? I'm not sure I'll even watch CNN on Tuesday night. MSNBC seems more balanced to me these days.

    March 8, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Marilyn Bryan, Taylor, AR

    Our system of primaries is really, really weird. Some caucus, where only some of the citizenry vote. Some hold elections where cross-
    over votes can make the difference. Then there are the superdelegates who may, or may not, vote as the vote went in their
    respective states. The two parties make their own rules and hold
    primaries at different dates.
    If ever a system needed correction, ours does. Make the campaigns federally-funded with limitations and no outside advertising allowed. Limit the time a candidate can campaign. Make all elections, of whatever party, to be held on the same date, as in the general election ,and make them as tamper-proof as possible.
    The only ones who would be unhappy would be the media, which
    thrives on controversy and gossip.
    What is going on now is disgusting and can only get worse.
    The best promise of what a candidate will do in the future is
    what he or she has done in the past.

    March 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Bob

    This is all fine and dandy, but what's going on with the texas caucus CNN? with over 60 delegates at stake there THAT's what I'm interested in

    March 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. ToddT

    Sorry, Wyoming about stating Montana in my last comment. Speaking of getting the facts straight; my grandfather is from Montana so I made a mistake, thinking of t\his state of Montana in my last comment. Basically, my comment shows we are all human and I understand that the media can make mistakes, too. Despite my criticisms of CNN, I respect and appreciate CNN’s “The Best Political Team on Television” efforts to provide timely and accurate reports in this highly volatile campaign for the Democratic nomination. Keep up the good work and thank you for allowing citizens to voice their opinion through the The Political Ticker blogs – the best in the industry.

    March 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    I am happy for Obama and our country, but for the lies
    of the Clinton's Obama would have won by much more.
    Just make a list of the lies the Clinton's have made in the
    last week the hours before the voting in Ohio, Texas, R.I.
    and Vermont. The Clinton's, through their dirty rotton lying
    ways of playing the game have Rendall of Penn. rooting
    for Clinton and it has been said that he is looking for Hillary
    to make him Sec. of Energy. The Gov. of Iowa today saying
    that if Obama wins, the Al Quada "will be dancing in the streets."
    And many other lies in that article that you can read above.
    The Nafta-Canada. blown out of proportion lie, the get out
    of Iraq blown out of proportion fat trick. Wh, the Clinton;s
    have so many tricks up their sleeves, they should join the
    circus. Now, today, in Mississippi, while Hillary is resting,
    the character of Obama is being minimized by Bill saying
    that Hillary would love "her dream ticket. Guess who is
    Pres, and you got it Obama V.P. Now would not that get
    Hillary immediate votes, folks. Then they would turn around
    again and trick us, once Hillary won, she may not choose
    him and come up with some other dirty lie of hers to defend
    herself. They are Professional liars.

    I used to say that if Obama does not win, I would be forced
    to vote for Hillary. Not anymore, I would let the scoundrals
    McCain and Hillary win and they can go at each others throats.
    Now, that is friends for you!!!!!!!!!!!

    DNC and Howard Dean and Nancy hear this:
    Yes, this has been the great race with the multitudes of people
    out voting. Well let me tell you the number will reach less than
    half if our Nation has to go back to listening to Hillary and McCain
    voice on T.V. I can't stand Hillary's voice. The DNC. will have to
    hide in their seats if the Witch wins, because I will lose interest
    Who wants to listen or vote for a liar. Obama would never be
    Vice President to a trickster like Her.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CNN, Fox, you will have less that half of your dedicated public.
    I would find a new hobby and I was one of your best listeners.

    March 8, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Convention Walk-Out

    It's time for Hillary Clinton to give her concession speech and it's also time for her to congratulate Barack Obama for winning the nomination instead of demonstrating a desire to have the will of the majority of states and Democrats overturned by a few hundred superdelegates. What Clinton doesn't understand is that Democrats around the entire country are fed up with California, Florida, Ohio, New York controlling the Democratic Party and not having a voice.

    Her winning even though the majority of Democrats in the country voted for Obama while a handful of states like California voted for Clinton would create a fracture in the party that could not be repaired for decades. In fact, I'm annoyed enough to walk out of the National Convention with other delegates and let the delegates from California, New York and Ohio have their party but let's all hope it won't come to that.

    March 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. James

    Go Obama, win a couple more and Hillary will be begging for the VP role

    March 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. james, lou ky

    You would think that after what Bush jr has done to this country, that people would try to put someone in office that knows what their doing. But I guess they havent learned from past mistakes, God help the old USA because I believe the best years are gone and its down hill from now on. and no im not for any repub especialy Mccain or bush wannabe.

    March 8, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. kenya Reich

    This whole race has been so exciting!

    Barack is the best!!

    March 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Musa Njai

    I still belief that Senator Clinton will go on being nasty as far as the primary elections are concered. I used to be a supporter of the Clintons for a long time but then , something started happening. If you you dont support Barack Obama, dont listened to his rallies. If you go to his rallies, he carries along. This is an opportunity not only for the United States of America but the whole world. Now i will tell you why i belief that Senator Clinton won`t stop to be nasty: I had a dream this last thursday night and it involves a youth 13 years old. Senator Clinton Send this 13 years chap with a bottle of wine in his arms to go and let him be photographed with Senator Barack Obama.The Senator of Illinois refused and contacted the Police. I did explain this dream to my wife and she could not just stop laughing. It shows the type of judgement Senator Barack Obama hast. It is a way to show how Senator Clinton is still trying to implicate Senator in any form.

    March 8, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. John Z.

    Obama has won Wyoming. Big deal! He's doing a great job of winning all the states that usually vote Republican in presidential elections or that have a small number of electoral votes. After the superdelegates reflect on that fact and determine that he cannot beat McCain, they will vote for Hillary and she will become the nominee.

    March 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Jean, Indiana

    What's interesting about Wyoming is that they were able to caucus without having had polls telling them what they would do.

    March 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Cecilia,Calgary,Canada

    way to go BO

    March 8, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Brandy, NJ

    Well it is a caucus. It really isn't a surprise he is winning. The elderly, single parents, and many blue collar workers are not able to spend hours debating in the caucus process.

    March 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Josh Watson

    If you want an accurate delegate count stay off of CNN! They are scewing the numbers to make Hillary seem closer than she is. Most major reporting agencies has Obama up 110 delegates or so after the Super Delegates get factored in, but CNN has him up less than 100 and their totals are 75 delegates short of the actual totals! MSNBC and Yahoo both list more for each candidate and alot more accurate. MSNBC shows it without the Super Delegate count and he has 1366 to her 1227 to CNN'S 1328 AND 1190. Surely they didnt just make up those 75 delegates. With the new Super Delegate total that Yahoo has factored in he leads 1578 to 1468 TO CNN's 1527 and 1428, its takes into account the 12 or so Super Delgates she has had decommit and endorse Obama. CNN touts the best political team out there, maybe they should hire a elementary math teacher to help them count! Report the news guys stop trying to fudge numbers to boost ratings!! Hillary said it best "Shame on you". Update your numbers to reflect the actual amount, I know the interactive computers screen that everyone there loves can count correctly, let it do the work since you guys cant.

    March 8, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Obama 08

    Just another delegate update to "keep you honest"

    Real Clear Politics: Obama 1588 Clinton: 1465
    Fox News: Obama: 1578 Clinton: 1468

    And maybe you could mention that obama has received at least 43 suoerdelegates since Super Tuesday while Clinton gained i and LOST 6: gap in the superdelegates keeps narrowing!!

    Way to go Obama!!

    March 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Michigan will vote

    Obama doesn't want a revote in MI or FL . becuase Michigan alone has more votes in it's thumb area , than most of his Caucaus wins on super tuesday combined . Do the math!!!!!!

    HILLARY 08″

    March 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Carol Watt

    I am observing favoritism on the part of the female reporters
    for Hillary Clinton.

    Could you please encourage them to be more objective and
    simply state the news as it is, rather than try and slant it
    on the side of Hillary?

    This is particularly true of Candy!

    March 8, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Herman

    YES WE CAN....


    March 8, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. michael

    Bye bye to the Clinton machine

    March 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. ChicoSez

    I don't understand how 8000 voters in WY get 12 delegates or about 1 delegate per 700 voters while California, a major state and a must win for any democratic candidate got 370 delegates for 4.375,496 voters or about 1 delegate per 12,000 votes. So a WY vote counts about 15 times what a CA vote counts. What is wrong here?? Who made these rules? This is a democratic party. Or even worse, 1,700,000 voters in Florida have been disenfranchised because of a couple of party bosses in DC said so. What is my democratic party headed to. It may go there without me if it not careful.

    March 8, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Val in PA

    Obama – 61% Clinton – 38%

    I have to say when Barack wins, he wins big. Hillary barely covers the spread when she wins. What was that about her supporters not being able to understand the process of caucuses? Then get the people in your camp to educate them on the process. Grow up, if they still don't understand, they are simply refusing to learn. What a ridiculous statement. Just like the statement about all that experience, when, where, what experience??? It's like her supporters don't even care that she makes it up as she goes along. Now she's talking about all these leaders she's talked to. Of course you've had conversations, you were with your husband, The President of the United States. You would have looked like an idiot if you didn't speak to them. You are like an unwanted poltergeist, I have two words for you, " GET OUT" !

    Can't wait to Barack the Vote in PA !

    How about the first baby in the Hillary ad is now 17yrs. old (18yrs old in April) and is an Obama supporter. She campaigns for Obama, and has been a precinct organizer at a caucus (something Hillary's older voter don't get). How ironic is that? It's Priceless!

    March 8, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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