CHICAGO (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that the Super Tuesday primaries were a "big victory" for his campaign, and he is looking forward to the remaining contests in various states across the country.
"I believe that we had an extraordinary night, it was a big victory for our campaign," Obama told reporters in Chicago before heading back to Washington to vote on the Senate's version of the economic stimulus bill.
The senator from Illinois got one less delegate - 539 - than rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, who took 540. There were 1,681 Democratic delegates at stake in the primaries and conventions in 22 states and U.S. territories.
Obama noted the record turnouts in several states and said his campaign is building a coalition for change that he predicted would go all the way to the White House.
CNN's overall count showed Clinton leading at this point in delegates with 783 to Obama's 709. They'll need 2,025 to secure their party's nomination.
Related: Watch Obama's post Super Tuesday reflection