Why the Wyoming Caucus Matters

By | 4/08/2016 Leave a Comment
Wyoming primary results, Wyoming caucus winner, delegates

With all of the media attention currently being focused on the bruising campaigning going on in New York right now, it’s easy to forget that there’s actually a nomination race happening for the Democrats in Wyoming on Saturday.

And perhaps the mainstream media isn’t paying it much mind because it’s a caucus for one thing, a format that seems to work in Senator Sanders’ favor quite well based on the results of the previous 10 held in March – he won all of them. Without the aura of a high stakes (read high ratings/clicks) competition, they have little financial incentive to offer it much coverage.

It also has a mere 14 delegates up for grabs, which again doesn’t offer them any game changing narrative to boost viewership and click rates. 

But here’s why it matters: With the “pledged” delegate count at approximately 1,030 for Sanders and 1,280 for Clinton, every delegate becomes extraordinarily important in the long run. And with a full 67 of Washington State’s delegates still to be allocated, which Sanders won resoundingly (72% to 27%), he stands to pick up a substantially larger share of those than Clinton, narrowing that delegate gap even more come the convention.

Estimates show those remaining delegates being divvied up at somewhere around an additional 49 for Sanders and 18 for Clinton. If that holds firm, that would put the current count at 1,079 for Sanders and 1,298 for Clinton, changing the gap from 250 to 219.

When looked at from that perspective, those measly 14 delegates on offer in Wyoming start to look a lot more appealing. 

The upshot:

Still don’t expect the media to be making much of it this weekend. That is unless Clinton somehow wins, and then it would be billed as a “Political Earthquake!”


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