No, Bernie Sanders did not “win” Wyoming

The score is 7–7.


Back in 2015, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and every other Democrat agreed to play a game. The game is simple: encourage Democrats to select delegates; have the delegates vote for a leader.

The sports analogy

Sports pundits are like elections pundits: they gravitate towards statistics. They love them so much, they call them “stats.”

A bunch of numbers that don’t mean much

The lesson

When journalists say, “Sanders won,” they’re treating the election like a sports game. They want you to think, “ooh, ‘Sanders won’ is like ‘Washington Scored.’”

  • Both candidates had the same goal.
  • Sanders moved closer to the goal than Clinton.



Journalist, ex software engineer

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Adam Hooper

Adam Hooper

Journalist, ex software engineer