Updated on April 9 at 10:11 p.m.
It’s a good day for the insurgent candidates in both presidential races.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won his eighth victory out of the last nine Democratic contests in the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday. In the nearby Rocky Mountains, Texas Senator Ted Cruz locked up all of Colorado’s GOP delegates on Saturday, as he tried to slow frontrunner Donald Trump’s march to the Republican nomination.
Sanders’ victory continued his lengthy winning streak in the West, following landslide triumphs in Idaho, Utah, and Washington in recent weeks. The Vermont senator carried Wednesday with 56 percent of the vote to frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s 44 percent on Saturday afternoon.
The close result, however, won’t affect Clinton’s 200-plus lead in pledged delegates. Only 14 of them were at stake in Wyoming, the fewest of any state in the Democratic race. And, in an appropriate outcome for the Equality State, both candidates will take home seven delegates each.
Instead, the Sanders campaign hopes to build momentum ahead of the pivotal New York primary on April 19, where a surprise victory could upend Clinton’s march to the nomination.
On the GOP side, Colorado offered only 37 delegates—a modest sum compared to upcoming contests in Pennsylvania and New York. State GOP officials also reduced the contest’s profile last August by canceling the presidential preference poll in the caucuses held on Super Tuesday. Without a poll to bind the eventual selection of delegates, the process became a byzantine free-for-all among party loyalists.