June 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
5 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.


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. joe

    So happy......very proud

    Go Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. No Obama

    Big No Deal, he will NOT be OUR next President!!!!! Time for all of us to cross over to Mccain

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Kim Perdue-Sims

    THANK YOU JESUS!!! I AM SO PROUD & HAPPY TO BE AN AMERICAN & A BLACK WOMAN TODAY!!!!!

    GO OBAMA!

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Steve Addison

    Thank you!!!!
    Yes, we can.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Oh Good Grief

    Congrats to all of us!

    This speaks volumes about how far our country has come and how far we can ALL go!!

    For those not paying attention...he's already started to bring change!

    Obama O-8!

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Dem Switching

    I'll never for him.

    McCain 08

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Eleanor

    congratulations Senator Obama and michelle
    wooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

    to the clinton supporters ....Hillary fought a tenacious fight and she deserves credit for that
    Remember they both stand for the same ideals!!!
    let go of the anger and vote for Dems bc MCBush is just more of the same
    Obama\Clinton

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. White woman in St. Louis

    Wonderful history has been made tonight. i am proud to see America has grown much in five decades, but we have further to go. I am an Obama supporter through and through. Let's just hope Obama plays it smart and keeps the Clintons far, far away from his administration.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Lynn

    This Democrat vote goes to McCain. At least we know who he is.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. John, London

    HOOOOORAH.

    If God be for us, who can be against us.
    McCane, Resist not the will of God. It has been ordained that its Obama time.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Ben WA

    I loved Tailor's comment. A vote for McCain by a bitter Clinton supporter is a wasted vote for another four years of Bush. Time to get behind our candidate and take back our country, and restore the world's view of the American ideal. GoBama.

    June 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Yes America Can!!!!!!!!!!

    As someone from another country looking in, I am so proud of Obama and the choice America has made during this nominating process......as a young white woman I am so proud of the history made tonight.

    Now on to the presidency....President Obama 2008!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Tailor, FL....We appreciate your support and welcome you with open arms!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. JJ-Orlando

    Now I turn republican. And start a movement against Obama and the dems.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. DJ in Mi

    Way to go!! Now let's make America right again.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Hell yeah Obama!!!!! Congrats to all the supporters who picked the better candidate.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Andrew

    yay

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Christina

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!!! WE'RE WITH YOU NO MATTER WHO YOUR VICE PRESIDENT IS!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. pamela bernier

    Am moved beyond words.......an extraordinary moment in history. We are blessed.......

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Chris Banner

    I am FULL of JOY right now
    THere are No words to express my feelings right NOW

    THank You Lord !!!

    Wow
    Obama 2008-2012

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. Clinton/McCain

    Fixed Nomination, Fixed Nomination! Boooo. Boooo. Go McCain, Go Mcain

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. Dan

    Woot!! Congrats Barry.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Sharon R.

    Woo hoo! History has been made. The first African American nominee.! YES WE CAN!!!! Go Obama!

    God Blessed Obama!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. Ricci

    Woot!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Aliou FL

    You are smiling like America. Today is the D day for our country. Make this a national Holiday.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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