Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday, an expected triumph for the senator from Vermont but one that will still boost his claim of momentum ahead of the Democratic presidential primary’s April 19 showdown in New York.
With the victory, Sanders has now defeated rival Hillary Clinton in eight of the primary’s last nine nominating contests, a testament to his campaign’s surprising durability even after a series of strong Clinton wins in March.
But Saturday’s victory will do little to help him close the former secretary of state’s sizable delegate edge: Wyoming’s caucuses are worth only 14 delegates, and even though Sanders won 56 percent of the support in the caucuses, he’ll will walk away about half the delegates. Clinton leads Sanders by more than 200 pledged delegates.
Her advantage swells further among so-called super delegates.
The race between Sanders and Clinton has turned testy of late, with the senator saying this week that he did not think his rival was qualified to be president. Both candidates are preparing for a much larger battle in New York, where polls show Clinton sporting a small early advantage.