Elections

Rigged? Bernie Wins Wyoming, Hillary Leaves With More Delegates

Derek Hunter Contributor

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the Wyoming primary by 12 points, 56 to 44 percent. But thanks to how the Democratic Party of Wyoming awards pledged delegates, the state’s 14 delegates will be awarded evenly — 7 each.

That, however, is not the only curious outcome from the Wyoming primary. The structure of the Democratic Party’s nominating process is such that Hillary Clinton will actually leave the state with more total delegate votes at the Democratic Convention in July.

Wyoming has four super delegates — party elites who are free to cast votes at the convention for whomever they want unbound from the will of their state’s voters. All four of Wyoming’s super delegates announced in January they intend to vote for Hillary Clinton. This means even though Sanders won the state by 12 points, Hillary actually has 11 delegates to 7 for Sanders.

Superdelegates can, however, change their vote at any time, for any reason, up until the moment it is cast.