Democrats in six Wyoming counties, including Natrona, will move their April 9 presidential nominating caucuses to large venues, as leaders of the state’s minority party are now projecting higher-than-anticipated turnout. The Natrona County Democratic Party caucus will now be held at the Casper Events Center, said Brett Governanti, party chairman. The event was previously scheduled to be at Casper College. Other counties with venue changes include Laramie, Sweetwater and Albany, said Aimee Van Cleave, executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party. “We changed because we are expecting huge turnout levels,” she said. “If you look at Utah and Idaho, you see the overwhelming number of Democrats running out to caucus in those states. In Wyoming, we’re expecting to have comparable to 2008 turnout, and we want to accommodate all of our voters. It’s really exciting.”
In Casper, 800 to 1,200 people are now expected to attend the caucuses, she said.
The county caucuses are the first step in the process for Wyoming Democrats to nominate a presidential candidate. Delegates chosen on April 9 will attend the Wyoming State Democratic Convention in May in Cheyenne, where national delegates will be selected.
Wyoming will send 18 delegates to July’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Fourteen are up for grabs, and four are super delegates who have already said they are supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.