Wyoming Democratic Caucus: Obama Wins
Final Update: 100% now in, Teton went for Obama, final delegate count, Obama 187.5, Hillary 129.5, Uncommitted 2.
Update: Obama wins Sheridan, only Teton left, and that should go to Obama as well.
Update: Last five caucus results now coming in. Hillary wins Weston County. Obama won Big Horn and Johnson. Only Sheridan and Teton are left. The delegate count is now at 160 for Obama, 116 for Hillary, 2 uncommitted. Again, these are delegates to the state convention to be held in late May. CNN now projects Obama to win. Sheridan has 18 delegates and Teton has 17. The caucus ends at 6pm MT in Sheridan. (A 4 hour caucus?)
Update: I think I've found the answer as to why the race hasn't been called by CNN, thanks to McJoan and Pocket Nines at Daily Kos. Four counties start caucusing in 5 minutes at 2:00 pm MT. One starts at 3pm. That's it for me, I'm willing to call Wyoming an Obama win.
Update: Latest state delegate totals: Obama 158, Hillary 114. Five counties still out. Why don't they call the race? The big counties are in. (And Sweetwater's delegates are finally included in the numbers.) Maybe there's a county or two where no Democrats at all showed up to vote. That would be something
Update: Obama takes Laramie (Cheyenne) and Fremont. They should call the race for him soon.
Update: Hillary wins Carbon County. The race hasn't been called yet. Obama should win Fremont, he opened an office there. Cheyenne (Laramie County, not Laramie the town which is in Albany County) is still out. Another reason they may not be calling it is because there is no exit poll data.
Update: Casper (Natrona) is in and they split the delegates there equally with Obama winning by 7 votes. Hillary wins Converse. Obama wins Park and Lincoln.
Update: Hillary takes Sweetwater, a big one where Bill campaigned. 1,000 turned out to vote there today.
Update: First big county (Albany with the town of Laramie)is in and Obama takes it big. I suspect they will call the race for Obama if he wins one more big county.
Update: Gillette (Campbell) goes for Obama. Hillary wins Goshen. They tie in Crook. Obama takes Uinta, Sublette and Hot Springs. Hillary wins Platte. Obama gets Washakie. But they will equally split deletates in Goshen and Hot Springs.
Update: Niobrara County is in, it's a tie, 10 votes for each, each gets 1/2 delegate. The bigger counties to watch are Laramie (Albany) Natrona (Casper), Cheyenne (Laramie) and Sweetwater. Every county has one caucus.
Huge turnouts in Wyoming. Registration ended Feb. 22, so those turned away today are not those who decided to vote this weekend, but those who didn't arrive in time. Everyone was told to come an hour early because you had to be in line at 9:00 am.
Obama opened 5 offices in the state. Hillary had 2. Again, Obama is expected to win, it's a question of by how much. The caucuses are open only to Democrats and the registration cut-off was Feb. 22. Wyoming has a total of 18 delegates (12 pledged) and 4 alternates.
"Delegates" are the delegates to the Wyoming Democratic Party 2008 State Convention in Jackson on May 23-24. Statewide, there are a total of 319 delegates to the state convention.
Here's a list of the registered voters in Wyoming as of March 4, 2008 (pdf.) Out of more than 200,000 registered voters, 59,000 are Democrats. Obama campaigned in Laramie, as did Bill Clinton, Hillary did not.
Natrona (Casper) has 8,000. Both campaigned there yesterday. Cheyenne (in Laramie County) is another place where Hillary campaigned yesterday.
I'm wondering which way Sweetwater will go. It has 7,500 registered Dems and Bill Clinton campaigned there.
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