Obama wins Wyoming caucus

March 9th, 2008 - 7:41 am ICT by admin  

Washington, March 9 (DPA) Senator Barack Obama was the projected winner of the Democratic caucus in the western state of Wyoming Saturday, in the latest contest in the state-by-state battle to represent the party in November presidential elections. Obama was leading with 59 percent of the vote to opponent Hillary Clinton’s 40 percent, with 96 percent of the state’s caucus sites reporting results, CNN said.

Nearly 6,000 party members had turned out for the party meetings in the generally Republican-leaning state, an unusually high turnout in the sparsely populated state of about 500,000.

Only a few hundred Democrats turned out for the party’s caucus in 2004, but this year’s long, close race between Clinton and Obama has generated interest in states that traditionally have had little say in determining the party’s candidate.

The battle between Obama, 46, and Clinton, 60, took an increasingly nasty tone in the run-up to caucuses in Wyoming Saturday and primary voting in Mississippi Tuesday.

Clinton lags behind Obama in the delegate count needed to secure the nomination at the party’s convention in Denver in August by less than 100 delegates out of the 2,205 needed.

She had 1,424 delegates compared to Obama’s 1,520 heading into Saturday’s contest.

CNN estimated that Obama would receive at least seven delegates from the caucus and Clinton would receive at least four.

With the Democratic race so close, there is pressure for repeat voting in two states - Florida and Michigan - whose primary results were dismissed by the national party because they disobeyed directives not to hold their contests in January.

After Tuesday’s contest in Mississippi primary, the two candidates will have more than a month to prepare for the last big-state primary in delegate-rich Pennsylvania April 22.

Under Democratic rules, delegates are assigned proportional to the vote, meaning a candidate can lose the majority vote but still get a sizeable number of delegates.

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