Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in Wyoming, but Hillary Clinton performed better than expected and came out of the caucus tied with Sen. Sanders with the state’s pledged delegates.
In a statement Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook said, “We congratulate Senator Sanders on a spirited campaign in Wyoming. Outperforming expectations, Hillary Clinton tied in pledged delegates today and now leads Senator Sanders by approximately 220 pledged delegates nationwide. Thanks to the help of thousands of volunteers, Hillary is winning the popular vote by almost 2.4 million and has a nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates that will become harder and harder to overcome after each contest. We are grateful to our supporters who know that Hillary Clinton would be the best candidate to break down the barriers that hold Americans back.”
Bernie Sanders did continue his dominance of the Western caucus states, but Hillary Clinton performed much better than anyone expected. It was anticipated that Sanders would win by 30 or more points. Instead, Clinton won the largest county in the state outright and lost statewide by 12 points. Twelve points is still a large margin, but it was less than half of what Sen. Sanders has won other caucus states by.
The pledged delegates tie means that the Sanders campaign lost a prime opportunity to make up a few delegates on Clinton. Former Sec. of State Clinton came into the caucus with commitments from four of the state’s superdelegates, so the split of Wyoming’s 18 delegates will likely be 11-7 for Hillary Clinton.
Wyoming illustrates why erasing Clinton’s delegate lead may be a nearly impossible task. Bernie Sanders won another battle on Saturday but continued to lose the war for the Democratic nomination. Unless something unexpected and dramatic happens, Hillary Clinton is favored to do well in both of the upcoming contests in New York and Pennsylvania.
Hillary Clinton is firmly in control and on pace to win the Democratic nomination. Momentum is difficult to measure, and can shift in an instant. After performing better in Wyoming than anyone expected, both Clinton and Sanders can make an argument for momentum being in their corner.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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