Election 2008

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to supporters before
speaking at a primary night rally, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in St. Paul, Minn (AP).

Obama Clinches Nomination as Primaries End; Clinton Remains in Race

June 04, 2008 12:09 AM
by Christopher Coats
Barack Obama sealed the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, becoming the first African-American nominee for president in U.S. history.

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After a final day of primary voting, and nearly 17 months after announcing his candidacy, Ill. Sen. Barack Obama has surpassed the required number of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president with a primary win in Montana.

Despite his overall lead, the close race required the support of the party’s superdelegates to seal the nomination. In the final hours before the polls closed in Montana and South Dakota, a surge of these previously undecided superdelegates announced their support for Obama.

After a meeting of the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee on May 31, the number of delegates needed to assure the nomination was set at 2,218 following the allotment of half votes for delegates from Florida and Michigan.

Obama celebrated the win at the Target Center in Minneapolis, telling his supporters that “Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for the president of the United States of America.”

The venue will be the location of this year’s Republican National Convention, to be held in September.

Meanwhile, N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton addressed supporters in New York, showing no signs of dropping out of the race despite her deficit and there being no more contests. Stating that there would be no decisions made today, Clinton addressed her accomplishments and said he would make a decision about her future in the coming days.

Headline Links: Obama secures needed delegates

Background: Surpassing a new number

Reactions: No plans yet for Clinton

Video: Obama speaks; Clinton greets supporters; McAuliffe optimistic

Opinion & Analysis: Obama stronger now

Reference: The Republican National Convention

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