June 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama clinches Democratic nomination

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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. kd

    This is an historic moment and I hope that we can all appreciate it. There is no entitlement just joy that perhaps our country is finally transcending racial boundaries...one can only hope. Hillary Clinton is a great candidate and I truly believe will work with Sen Obama and the Democratic Party to unite the Party and ultimately win the General Election!!

    KD

    June 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. linda from South Dakota

    we did it.. woohoo,,,,,,,, americans if you listened to mccain talk on tv tonight,, he was full of lies,,,, he stated on live tv that he WOULD NEVER LEAVE iraq,, tonight he said the opposite,, well americans? you want a president who lies like this last one?? mccain be your guy,, im a proud south dakotan and i voted for obama,,, and i hope every american out there will watch closely and listen because mccain<another bush,, lied through his false teeth(they dont fit goes with age),,,,, time for change is now,, go obama!!!!!08,,, we an do it and we have ,,, and will again,,, O-B-A-M-ACHANGE WE NEED,, GO OBAMA CHANGE WE NEED,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!088 AND BEYOND

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Josh in Atascocita, TX

    Finally!!! Now we can move on to take on John McCain. Just hope that Mrs. Clinton did not waste too much precious time in order to get a Democrat in the White House!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Jay C

    Finally its over, thank goodness.

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's OFFICIAL!!!

    Congratulations!!!!!!

    Go OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Didine in Maryland

    Congratulations to Senator Obama, we are all very proud of you. Tonight is is our night. Bravo to a well done job.

    Obama '08

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. Powell

    Way to go O....

    YES WE HAVE,

    YES YOU DID

    YES WE CAN!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    She needs to apologize for Iraq vote and apologize to Obama and the Democratic Party; for all of her attacks. If she does that and shows she has some humility then Obama should give her a chance to make her case!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Grace Needed

    What a victory! What a proud moment! We will cherish this moment for the rest of our lives and we will never forget that a skinny black man with a strange name beat the Clinton machine dynasty, by appealing to us, Americans and the "angels of our better nature".

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Michelle

    For the first time in my adult life, I am REALLY proud of this country!!!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. jessie

    Enjoy it while it lasts!! Any day now they will be forced to let Michelle loose & it won't take her long to put Obama worshipers in their place!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. wes

    McCain I mean grandpa...go home and fall alseep in your rocking chair....you're WAY TO OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. texas DEM

    Vice President Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Christine

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Diane

    CONGRATULATIONS! Well done. Now go get it!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. linda from South Dakota

    CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA AND MICHELLE '08

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. New Day

    Tailor – we dont need to welcome you. This was always your party, too. We had to choose from 2 incredible candidates and one of them had to win. now let's go whoop the old man's butt in November

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

    Yes we did! And we will in November too!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Sadio

    YES WE CAN. We did it ... this same strategy will take Barack and the Democrats to the White House

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    McCain is done for, goodnight Sir. Obama 08!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    CONGRATULATIONS, MR. OBAMA!!!!

    NO CLINTONS ON THE TICKE, PLEASE!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. YES !!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sorry, but as a 26 yr old black female, I am crying right now to see what Obama has done. Some of you really don't understand how this historic moment will move so many blacks and whites. I'm so proud!!!!!!! I know he has a long way to go, but I am enjoying this moment.

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. HL

    Woohoo! About time! The next generation has finally stepped forward in politics. Time to break out the champagne!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. julie - oakland, ca

    congrats....

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Paul, FL

    Congratulations Barack!!

    This day will be in the history books of generations to come!!
    I am once again proud to be an American!

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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