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Networks Call It: Obama Clinches

He becomes the first black candidate for a major party

(Newser) - Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination tonight to become the first black candidate for president on a major-party ticket. Obama reached the necessary number of delegates—2,118—as the polls closed in South Dakota at 9pm EST, CNN reports. AP reported earlier today that Obama had clinched, but media... More »

AP: Obama 'Effectively' Clinches Nomination

Tally based partly on private superdelegate commitments

(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... More »

Obama Superdelegate Surge Said to Be on Its Way

Candidate could clinch tonight

(Newser) - The coming superdelegate surge may just be big enough to put Barack Obama over the top before the day is through. The Chicago Tribune says as many as 30 supers may endorse the Chicagoan today, with 10 coming from each chamber of Congress. But the Washington Post says that Harry... More »

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