- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Bernie Sanders took a Wyoming victory lap after beating Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, telling a lively, young crowd in Laramie their state can give him a boost toward winning New York in a couple weeks by giving him their support this weekend.

Several hundred supporters waited four hours or more to crowd into a University of Wyoming auditorium Tuesday night. On Monday, Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in Cheyenne, saying she’s the only candidate ready to be commander-in-chief on the first day.

Sanders said his campaign has the momentum after winning seven of the last eight states.

“Yes, we can create a government that represents all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders said. “With your help on Saturday we’re going to win here in Wyoming. Then we are headed to New York. And I know a little bit about New York because I spent the first 18 years of my life in Brooklyn, New York.”

Caucusing at Wyoming’s county conventions Saturday will decide who gets 14 Democratic national delegates from Wyoming. He called on the many college students in the crowd to turn out in big numbers.

“The American people are asking, and young people are asking, why is it when we are living in an increasingly competitive global economy, kids are graduating 30, 50, $70,000 in debt? And in some cases having to spend decades to pay off that debt? We should be rewarding people getting the education they need, not punishing them,” he said to cheers.

A snowstorm with blizzard conditions canceled Sanders’ plans to campaign in Laramie and Casper on March 22.

Wyoming hasn’t received this much attention from presidential candidates since Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both campaigned here in 2008. So far, Hillary Clinton appears focused on winning the 247 delegates at stake April 19 in New York rather than taking time to stop in Wyoming this year.

Republicans in Wyoming so far prefer Texas U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, allocating 11 delegates to Cruz and one to Donald Trump in county conventions March 12. Fourteen more GOP delegates will be decided at the Republican state convention April 16.


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