Big Shocker: Obama to Clinch Nomination Tomorrow

Democrats not planning big celebrations
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 9:06 AM CDT
Big Shocker: Obama to Clinch Nomination Tomorrow
The presumptive Democratic nominee speaks in Ohio last week.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – There's one presidential nomination race free from spoilers, scandals, rancorous debates, and anybody-but-the-frontrunner hand-wringing—the Democrats'. And President Obama should clinch the nomination tomorrow after another five states vote, giving him 2,778 delegates and concluding a race that many people weren't even aware of, reports the AP. It's a huge difference from 2008, when Obama was in the midst of a brutal brawl with Hillary Clinton at this time, an epic political fight that went on until June.

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But it hasn't been a unanimous nomination process for Obama. Anti-abortion protestor Randall Terry got 18% of the vote in Oklahoma, although party officials disqualified his campaign. And in Alabama, some 18% of Democratic voters voted for "uncommitted," so the state will be sending eight uncommitted delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Obama campaign officials say the party is focused on the general election, so there'll be no repeat of 2008's wild parties when Obama clinches the nomination. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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