- Associated Press - Saturday, May 28, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Latest on Wyoming Democrats’ convention (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporter Richard Kusaba, a land surveyor from Kemmerer in southwest Wyoming, is leading the effort to challenge how pledged delegates were split 7-7 despite Sanders reportedly winning the popular vote. He said the state party’s decision to accept the challenge and forward it to the Democratic National Committee defused animosity that was building ahead of the convention.

“After Nevada, I think the party realized that it needs Bernie Sanders’ supporters in order to win the presidency,” Kusaba said.

Party chairwoman Ana Cuprill said they agreed to accept the challenge in order to seek clarity at the national level. Cuprill, a super delegate, declined to name who she will support at the convention but said she will support whomever has the most pledged delegates.

Kusaba has 15 days to draft his challenge and gather enough signatures from registered voters.

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1 p.m.

Top national advisers to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders embraced Saturday as about 300 Democrats opened their state convention in Wyoming.

Sanders’s deputy campaign manager, Rich Pelletier, says his goal is to ensure a smooth process and that all delegates can express any concerns they have. Marlon Marshall also says he wants a smooth process. Marshall is Clinton’s director of state campaigns and political engagement.

The atmosphere in a Cheyenne ballroom was cordial. Some Sanders supporters say they are unhappy the April state caucuses determined 14 delegates will be divided seven-seven even though their candidate got a higher percentage of votes.

Wyoming also has four superdelegates who had earlier pledged to support Clinton. The superdelegates are technically not bound to a candidate and can vote any way they want at the national convention.

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Midnight

About 300 Democrats from around Wyoming are gathering for the state party convention in Cheyenne on Saturday.

The main business of the convention will be to select the 14 delegates who will travel to the national party convention.

State party caucuses held in April determined that the 14 delegates will be split evenly between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

In addition, the state has four superdelegates. They consist of the sitting state party chair and vice chair and the state’s two members of the Democratic National Committee.

While all four had earlier made pledges to support Clinton, they are technically not bound to anyone and can vote for any candidate they want at the national convention.

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