Sanders Scores Latest Win in Wyoming

     
     (CN) – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday took another contest from Hillary Clinton, besting her in the Wyoming Democratic caucus, his seventh consecutive win in primary elections.
     Sanders garnered 56 percent of the vote, to Clinton’s 44 percent – each will get seven delegates.
     Despite being overshadowed in the national media by the upcoming New York primary, Saturday’s Democratic contest in Wyoming was nevertheless expected to draw a record number of participants.
     At stake at 23 different county locations were 14 pledged delegates. Because Wyoming distributes its pledged delegates proportionally,
     The state also has four so-called “superdelegates,” party leaders or elected officials who can vote for anyone they please at the convention.
     Going into Saturday’s presidential preference voting, Clinton had 1,749 delegates to Sanders 1,061, with 158 delegates from previous primaries and caucuses still uncommitted.
     A candidate must secure 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A total of 1,955 delegates remain to be won or lost.
     In the days leading up to the caucus, Sanders and former U.S. President Bill Clinton campaigned in the state, and party officials said that as a result of the attention from the campaigns, the number of voters might even surpass the number who voted in 2008, when the previous participation record was set.
     Doors opened for the caucuses at 9 a.m. in Wyoming, and voting was restricted to residents who were registered Democrats as of March 25.
     Meanwhile a contest of an entirely different kind was playing out in Colorado where Sen. Ted Cruz has locked up the support of 21 delegates at the Republicans’ state convention.
     Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in Colorado’s seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated Friday with 12 delegates selected.
     The Texas senator then swept in and picked up 13 more at the convention itself.
     Of the total, 17 are formally pledged delegates while the four others could theoretically change their vote at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
     The Colorado convention is yet another example of how a superior campaign ground operation is slowly, but measurably cutting into Donald Trump’s lead as the Republican frontrunner.
     Cruz’s organization spent months recruiting slates of delegates and securing pledges. Trump only hired a Colorado state director this week.
     On Saturday a Trump campaign advisor shrugged off Cruz’s success, suggesting the Colorado process is dominated by a party establishment that doesn’t like the billionaire real estate developer.
     The Trump advisor, Alan Cobb, went on to say that if there had been a traditional primary “we would have done very well here.”
     Photo caption:
     Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and wife Jane walk in Times Square on their way to see the Broadway show “Hamilton,” Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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