Sanders claims Wyoming ahead of crucial New York contest

  • 10/04/2016

US Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders won the hearts of Wyoming on Saturday (local time), adding to a recent run of wins in the lead-up to his clash against Hilary Clinton in New York.

Sanders has now won seven out of the last eight state-level democratic nominating contests, making a dent in Clinton's previously major lead in delegate numbers, Reuters reports.

Wyoming had 14 Democratic delegates -- less than any other state.

Clinton and Sanders both spent Saturday campaigning in New York ahead of the contest on April 19.

 With a total of 291 delegates on the cards, it's more than 10 percent of the tally needed to win the party's nomination, according to Reuters.

Sanders' wife, Jane, took to the stage amidst her husband's speech at a community college in Queens to announce his Wyoming victory.

"News bulletin -- we just won Wyoming!" she declared to a round of cheers.

Tension between the former US secretary of state and senator from Vermont was fiery earlier this week, before they both backed down on personal attacks on Friday.