Posted: March 9, 2008 1:05 PM
Obama Continues Caucus Winning Ways in Wyoming
The organizational skills of the Obama campaign scored another victory Saturday, trouncing Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Wyoming caucuses.
Although both campaigns mounted efforts in the Equality State, Sen. Barack Obama scored a decisive 61 percent to 38 percent victory, which garnered Sen. Barack Obama 7 of the states 5 pledged delegates to the Democratic convention,
The New York Times reported Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe as saying the Wyoming victory was “evidence that Senator Obama is going to be able to put more states in play.”
“This is a big win for us,” Plouffe said. “You saw very furious campaigning by the Clinton campaign here.”
Clinton, who had found new momentum after winning Ohio and the primary component of the Texas contest, sought to cast Saturday’s vote as a better-than-expected showing.
“We are thrilled with this near split in delegates and are grateful to the people of Wyoming for their support,” campaign chief Maggie Williams said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “Although the Obama campaign predicted victory in Wyoming weeks ago, we worked hard to present Senator Clinton’s vision to the caucus-goers and we thank them for turning out today.”
For Obama, Wyoming was another notch in his proven track record in caucuses. The campaign has won 13 of the 16 caucuses it has competed in this year, and even in one of those losing contests, Nevada, they managed to win more delegates.
Turnout was heavy across the state, Democratic party officials reported.
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported that in the state capital of Cheyenne, “There were 1,532 ballots cast at Saturday morning’s Laramie County caucus at the Cheyenne Civic Center, and organizers estimated 2,500 showed at the event.” That compare with 160 caucus-goers in 2004.
Both campaigns now sprinted into Mississippi, a state where Clinton planned on spending the next two days. According to polls released the end of last week, Obama was enjoying a double-digit lead.
Despite the surveys, Mississippi party officials see Tuesday as a possibly close contest.
“This is one of the closest we’ve seen in some time, certainly in the 25 years that I’ve been following or covering politics,” said Terry Cassreino, communications director for the Mississippi Democratic Party. “You’ve got two qualified and charismatic candidates who have energized and united the Democratic base in Mississippi