Bernie Sanders has officially won Wyoming in a blowout, meaning the Vermont senator has now won 8 of the last 9 contests.
At approximately 4:38 Eastern Time, CNN declared Sen. Sanders the winner in a landslide, with 56 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 43. Sanders will add a majority of the Cowboy State’s 14 pledged delegates to his current haul of 1,088 pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 1,302. However, despite Sanders’ overwhelming support from Wyoming Democrats, its 4 Democratic superdelegates aligned with Hillary Clinton before caucuses even began.
Wyoming is just the latest of a series of wins in the West, having already won Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, and possibly flipping Nevada, assuming his county delegates come to the state Democratic convention in May. According to the Sanders campaign, Bernie Sanders has cut Clinton’s delegate lead by 101 since March 15.
Turnout was larger than expected, according to Twitter users on the ground. One photo posted showed bleacher rows full of seats marked for Bernie Sanders, with just a small handful of Hillary Clinton supporters in the adjacent bleachers. Another photo of a caucus at a hockey rink also showed Sanders supporters outnumbering Clinton supporters 2-1:
Wyoming was already seen as friendly territory to Sanders, who only campaigned once in the stateby holding his Wisconsin victory rally in Laramie, where approximately 3,000 supporters attended. While Wyoming may be the least populated state in the US, it’s pivotal in the Democratic primary, as Wyoming Democrats have picked the eventual nominee nearly 89 percent of the time.
The Wyoming caucus marks the 17th victory for Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary (AK, CO, HI, ID, KS, ME, MI, MN, NE, NH, OK, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, Democrats Abroad), while Hillary Clinton has won 18 primaries and caucuses (AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, IL, IA, LA, MA, MS, MO, NV, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA).
Sanders’ hot streak adds to the momentum building for his campaign leading up to delegate-rich New York, where 291 total delegates are at play. Both Clinton and Sanders will meet next Thursday for a debate in Brooklyn, where Sanders grew up and where Clinton’s campaign headquarters is located. Following the debate, Sanders will travel to the Vatican to discuss economic justice and environmental sustainability with Pope Francis. Hillary Clinton will hold a fundraiser in Hong Kong with Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs partner who serves as her campaign’s Chief Financial Officer.