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6/3/08

Barack Obama Presumptive Democratic Nominee

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History was made Tuesday night. Barack Obama is now the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. 

The Illinois Senator earned enough delegates on Tuesday to push him over the minimum needed to be the party's nominee. Even before the results were in from the final contests in South Dakota and Montana, Obama got a boost from several super delegates: including former President Jimmy Carter, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and longtime Hillary Clinton supporter Maxine Waters, a Congresswoman from California.

There has been a lot of talk about putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket as the Vice Presidential candidate. Clinton has indicated she will not concede yet in the race for president but she did say she is willing to consider the number two spot. If Clinton is not on the ticket, some wonder if the Democratic party is too fractured to come together after this long and hotly contested battle.

The presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, said in a speech he'll be ready to face Barack Obama in the fall campaign. And considers him a formidable opponent.

"We can say with confidence that the primary season is over and that the general election has begun," said McCain.

But results from the final Democratic primary contests are still coming in and there is at least one victory for Hillary Clinton, she is projected to win South Dakota.  

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