It seems that even presidential elections are fairly equal in the state known as the Equality State. On Saturday, former Secretary of State and early frontrunner Hilary Clinton lost Wyoming's Democratic caucus to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, however the resulting delegate count was split down the middle. Despite the loss, Clinton snagged seven of Wyoming's 14 delegates.
Clinton's loss was as much of a success as it could have been. She picked up about 44 percent of the vote in Wyoming's caucuses, falling short of Sanders' 56 percent. Thanks to Wyoming's proportional system, though, Clinton netted enough delegates to consider the state a mild success. After all, with just 14 delegates at stake, Clinton didn't have to worry about losing too much of her lead over Sanders. With the latest delegates included, Clinton has accumulated just over 1,300 pledged delegates, whereas Sanders lies more than 200 behind. Both candidates still have a long way to go, as Democrats need 2,383 pledged delegates to win their party's nomination outright ahead of the nominating convention to be held this July. Wyoming may not have held much of treasure trove for either candidate, but the upcoming primaries in New York and Pennsylvania, both of which will occur later in April, could make all the difference in the race that seems to be growing closer by the state.
Although Clinton's lead remains intact, the former first lady could desperately use a win in one of the upcoming states. Including Saturday's caucus in Wyoming, Clinton has lost seven states in a row, including Washington, Utah, and Wisconsin. Sanders seems to have picked up some serious momentum just in time to give Clinton a run for her money in the Democratic race.
Some of Sanders' momentum has been attributed to demographics and the geography of the race. Most of the recent contests have occurred in the West, where large populations of white Democratic voters may be helping Sanders. The real test of Sanders' momentum will take place in about 10 days, when he takes on Clinton in the New York primary. New York Democrats have long supported Clinton, sending her to Washington as their senator before she was secretary of state. In the Empire State, Clinton probably wouldn't consider splitting the delegate count with Sanders a success, especially when there are nearly 250 pledged delegates at stake.