Will Bernie Sanders Campaign In Wyoming? The Underdog Senator Is Leaving Nothing To Chance
Tuesday night was a pretty good night for Bernie Sanders. As followers of the delegate math on the Democratic side of the primary race have been saying for weeks, it's not enough for the Vermont senator to just win states anymore — thanks to the proportional system of delegate allocation that the Democrats use, he needs to win big. The Wisconsin primary proved to be a good example, as he cut into Clinton's lead by 11 delegates. So, what's next? Will Bernie Sanders campaign in the state of Wyoming, where the next Democratic caucuses will be going down on April 9?
Well, as it happens, the answer is yes, and the reason that's a certainty is because he's already in Wyoming, and was there Tuesday night, while the favorable returns from Wisconsin were still rolling in. It's just one more aspect of Sanders' campaign that has run counter to the conventional political wisdom — while many candidates would stick around in a state to deliver a raucous victory speech following such a big win, Sanders is all about hitting the road. In other words, once the primary day arrives, there's nothing gained by hanging around in Wisconsin for the night. Instead, Sanders likes to jet off to wherever's voting next, and get right to work.
So, hot on the heels of his big Wisconsin win Tuesday night, Sanders did indeed hold a big rally — in Wyoming. It took place in the city of Laramie, home to some 30,000-plus people. And with the caucuses looming on Saturday, and no other contest until the New York primary on April 19, this is the perfect opportunity for him to take a little time to sew up a victory. Unfortunately, it's hard to say exactly who has the advantage in the polls heading into Wyoming, because there really aren't any.
But this much has been clear throughout the 2016 Democratic nominating race, and it bodes well for Sanders: when you're talking about caucuses, the Vermont senator has been a real powerhouse. Unlike traditional primaries that operate just like a general election — head to your polling place, fill out your ballot in relative peace and privacy, and you're done — caucuses require a great deal more interpersonal interaction and organizing, which has clearly benefited the enthusiasm-drenched Sanders campaign.
In other words, if recent trends hold, Wyoming could well end up being another win for Sanders. And if so, that'd be his seventh win in the last eight contests — he's taken Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Wisconsin so far, with his last loss to Clinton coming in the Arizona primary on March 22. That said, however, he's currently trailing in New York by about 10 points.