June 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama clinches Democratic nomination

  Obama has clinched the Democratic Party’s nomination, CNN projects.
Obama has clinched the Democratic Party’s nomination, CNN projects.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN projects as polls in the South Dakota primary closed at 9 p.m. ET.

CNN still has not projected a winner in the South Dakota primary, but based on exit polls and raw vote estimates the Illinois senator will receive at least five pledged delegates from this primary, enough to put him over the top. CNN also estimates that rival Hillary Clinton will receive at least five delegates from the South Dakota primary.

Related: Watch CNN's projection of Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Tailor, FL

    Please read

    I am a VERY proud Hilary supporter!! Have been from day one..
    I feel strongly that Hilary would have made a better president!

    But i am FURIOUS at fellow clinton supporters who say they will vote John McCain!!

    They are dishonouring the one person they've been supporting!! They are Traitors..by all means, write Hilarys' name on the Ballot! but PLEASE dont contribute to another 4 years of HELL in America! I can hardly afford to feed my 3 young daughters thanks to the republican party..

    Clinton supporter for OBAMA!! (but you obama supporters have got to be more welcoming)

    June 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. barackobama4prez

    CONGRATULATIONS BARACK AND MICHELLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm elated to have lived through this point in history.

    June 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. VM

    We told you we could!! We did it! YES!!

    June 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. abenji

    HOOORAY!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. FreshAir

    WOOT!

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. nick, texas

    Woohoo!!!!! Obama vs Elma Fudd, bring it on baby, BRING IT ON!

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Craig from CT

    Congrats to Barack. Lets get to work in now!!!!!! Very Very happy!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Kjetil

    Wow. Now it will be change for the better. I saw John McCain at CNN. A grumpy angry old man. This will be walkover for Obama. This is the new President.

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Carrie Pa

    YES WE CAN, YES WE DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. PATRICIA, RANCHO MIRAGE, CA.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OBAMA.

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Texas Vet

    We many, we happy many, we band of brothers and sisters. For those that vote with me in November for Obama shall ever be my Family. That vote shall change our condition. Voters that stayed away or voted otherwise shall think themselves accursed. And they shall stay silent while any speak that voted with us on that blessed day.

    Stolen from Will….mangled by me

    June 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. Juan from L.A., CA

    Yes we can!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. sophia nyc

    Finally!

    June 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. pika

    YAAAYYYYYY YAAYYYYY YAAYYY!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    As a football coach for 19 years, one of thing I have learned is this. In every contest there is a teacher and a student. Hillary and Bill Clinton for the last 28 years have always been the teachers. However, in this contest they are they are now the students, Obama has overcame insurmountable odds. He has overcome his race, age, experience, his wired name, his religious affiliations, his gaffes and one the fiercest competitors in political history in America the Clinton Dynasty.

    We must all understand that what Obama has done is just purely remarkable and should not be taken lightly. As a man of color myself I stand in awe and want to thank every American that can see beyond the outer layer of Obama and who has judged him by what’s in his heart and not by his outer layer.

    To all the Hillary Clinton Supporters I hope you all can over come you disappointment and anger before November. I will be the first with my arms open and embrace all of you. I urge all of us Obama supporters to reach out to all the Clinton people and bring them in with love and understanding. Tell the Clinton supporters we need them and we can’t do it with out them. Welcome them to a new and better America and the Obama campaign that is set to lift America to a Higher Ground!

    God Bless you all!
    God Bless America!

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Beu Canadian

    yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!
    hurrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!
    HOW DOES THE TASTE OF DEFEAT FEEL LIKE YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS?

    HAHAHHA.
    ANYHOW LIKE THE PRODIGAL SON, WE ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE WINNING SIDE SO WE CAN WHUP ALL THE LOU DOBBS, GLEENN BECKS, BUSHES, MCCAINS AND RUSH AND ROVE'S..\

    SI SE' PUERDE.

    YEE WE CAN....YES WE DID..

    June 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Let's get McCain!

    Whooo!

    Let's stop fighting each other and fight McCain!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. king from toronto

    congrats obama.wow!! history!!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. JC

    Congratulations, Senator Obama!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. gigi

    now let the race begin!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. GO OBAMA!

    Woo hooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Makeshift

    John McSame is going down!

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Griff

    Borack Obama.... The Historic, Demonic, Destruction of the USA . If this Idiot is allowed to carry on this Farce....

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. we need democracy and unity

    we must think how to work together..........we must all get along, at least agree to disagree and be respectful,
    we can not afford more mcbush..
    our childrne can not afford that
    we can not afford that
    our soldiers their families, our neighborhs, we all need peace, security, economic prospertiy, trust, honesty.
    we must work towards unityt..

    please dont do what limbaugh is telling you to do and vote for mccain.. think about your childrne, or your relatives's children, or your friends' childrne..and your own future..

    Obama/Sebilius 08

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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