This Week's Other Caucus

Wyoming Republicans choose a candidate Saturday, but nobody knows who's in the lead
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 8:05 AM CST
Wyoming Republican Party Executive Director Amy Larimer attends a news conference at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, regarding the Presidential Candidate Forum. Wyoming Republicans...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With all eyes focused on Iowa, another state is gearing up for its own caucus: Wyoming, whose Republican Party will choose delegates this Saturday. Only three candidates have bothered to visit Dick Cheney's home state ahead of the poll, and none are planning to show up between now and Saturday except back-of-the-pack Duncan Hunter, who's floated a possible appearance. "Candidates are where the media are," one professor told the AP.

Wyoming is one of five states that pushed up its primary against the wishes of the GOP, and it'll lose half of its delegates to September's convention. So who is slated to win? Nobody knows: there have been few endorsements and no public polling. "It's just an absolute mixed bag from county to county," one national committeewoman  told the AP. Given the party's rules, Wyoming delegates might go to the convention pledged to no candidate at all.