AP: Numbers Show Obama Has Now Clinched Democratic Party Presidential Nomination
The Associated Press has added up the numbers and has announced that Democratic Senator Barack Obama has now effectively won the 2008 Democratic party Presidential nomination:
Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates.
The tally put Obama over the top Tuesday, ahead of the results from the day’s final primaries in Montana and South Dakota. The Illinois senator becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic contest and now faces Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the presidency.
This report will further anger the Clinton campaign, which earlier in the day heatedly denied a report that Clinton was going to conceed the nomination tonight.
Some other news organizations aren’t quite going as far as the AP yet. For instance, here’s what CBS is saying:
On the eve of the final two primaries of a five-month marathon, Sen. Barack Obama stood poised to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed whether to stay in the race in hopes of delaying what appears to be an inevitable outcome.
Obama is optimistic that he will be able to claim victory Tuesday evening at a gathering in St. Paul, Minn., with superdelegates preparing to rally to his candidacy on the eve of the day’s contests in South Dakota and Montana and push him past the threshold of 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
Clinton sent mixed signals about her plans throughout the day Monday. As her campaign recalled field staffers to New York, one adviser indicated that she would suspend, but not end, her campaign within days. But the candidate herself said she will continue to argue to the group of party insiders who will hold sway over the final outcome that her strong showing in recent contests demonstrates that she would be the more electable candidate in November.
Some published reports suggest that while superdelegates may start flowing to Obama tonight, some may hold off until tomorrow in deference to Clinton. Look for other news organizations to effectively declare Obama the winner within the next two days if this happens.
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