AP: Obama 'Effectively' Clinches Nomination

Tally based partly on private superdelegate commitments
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 1:30 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – The AP declared today that Barack Obama has “effectively clinched” the Democratic nomination, basing its projection in part on 15 private commitments from superdelegates. Adding to that a minimum 11 delegates Obama is poised to capture in the final two primaries today, the wire service concludes that the Chicagoan has tallied the required 2,118 delegates and “outlasted” Hillary Clinton.