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.


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

    I am still uncertain who I will back for President 08. However, I researched the candidate's positions and decided that I agree with more of Obama's views than I do McCain's. I am astonished at all of the bitter Clinton supporters in claiming they will back McCain in Nov. as opposed to the Democratic nominee. There are very little differences in either Obama or Clinton's views on policies. Any so called "Democrat" that votes for McCain in the fall just because their choice did not make it, shall reap what they sow. Go ahead, support McCain. Send this country into 4 more years of Bush hell. I don't want to hear any of you say one negative word about it after it's all said and done. Now, let's stop crying and complaining and do what we all are interested in. Bringing this country back to where it should be. In good standing with the rest of the world, instead of the laughingstock.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Katie

    YESSSSS!!!!

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

    congratulation!

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. M.E.M Kansas city

    OH MY GOD IN MY LIFE TIME. WOW ! THANK YOU LORD.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Yonas

    What an unbelevable day and moment in our life!!!!!!!!!

    It is truely remarkable to witness this day.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Tom

    Congrats to Senator Obama.

    I'm watching this from Canada and just watched John Mccain's speech-if you Americans vote this boob in–you get what you deserve. I've never seen such a fake smile in my life. He looks like someone who would kiss the babies and then steal thier milk. Please don't turn the whitehouse into a geriatric ward.

    June 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. jessie

    Where are the violins?? We will see how Americans feel a year from now.

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. young obama supporter

    WHAT IS HILLARY GOING TO SAY NOW.

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Steve, Europe

    CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA!!

    AND CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA!!

    YOU ARE BEGINNING TO EARN BACK THE RESPECT YOU'VE LOST THROUGH BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!
    DO THE U.S. PROUD!!

    EUROPE FOR OBAMA "08"

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

    Thank god for Obama!

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

    WAY TO GO AMERICA!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. M.S. Indiana

    Thank god, it is over... Now we can get back to talk about the issues and winning more seats in congress... This is the year of the Democrats !!!!!

    wow McCain looks tired, already. and we haven't even started to campaign

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIR

    TO: Tailor, FL June 3rd, 2008 9:00 pm ET

    Many thanks to a Clinton supporter for her sensibility and graciousness.

    The Obma team welcoms all Clinton supporters with open arms

    one America!!!

    Dems 08

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

    Don't write in Hillary's name that is just a empty vote and empty votes are for Obama. Vote McCain 08

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Woot!

    Tailor,

    I hear you. Both sides of these comment boards have been fairly schoolyard ngyah-ngyah about the whole thing.

    Hopefully, now that it's settled, both the Obama-boys and the Hillary-for-McCain people will take a minute to breathe, and realize that we're on the same side here.

    Hillary ran a great campaign, Obama ran a great one too. Obama won the nomination, so it's time to put away the schoolyard taunts (I think there never really was a place for it, but anyway...) and start playing to win, together.

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Belle

    After listening to McCain's speech, as a conservative Democrat...I am undecided.

    After the vitriol from Obama supporters toward Clinton, such as "Obama will need a food taster in the White House" and figuring THAT kind of language in the Media is acceptable....I am back to undecided.

    I do want to congratulate Obama on a hard fought race. In the end, we all knew the super delegates would decide...and they have.

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

    May God Bless The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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

    YES!

    FINALLY!!

    On to the general election... John McCain, you are GOING DOWN!

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Festus, Montana

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!CANNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Jim from Florida

    Yes We Can! from coast to coast, from sea to shinning sea, Yes We Can, Yes We Can. Congratulation Barack Obama, I am with you all the way

    June 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. TXBad1

    Hello President McCain, we will Vote For you in November and not Obama ! Democratic Party did it, they finally Gave the Presidency to McCain and Obama Supporters enjoy the Big Defeat in November when 75% of Hillary supporters Vote McCain, You get what you reap!

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

    This is gonna be a EASY Win in Nov. for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    3 Points

    1) Obama is half white. That fact is always forgotten with the "first african american nominee" he is the first non white nominee.

    2) Hillary didn't win because she is a woman.

    3) She was cheated by the Michigan/Florida fiasco.

    McCain '08

    June 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Dancindukes

    YES YES YES YES – Could not be happier – Will work as hard as I can to make sure he is elected in November. Hope he picks New Mexico Richardson as VP---- I have never been prouder of America as I am right now. My son-in-law is also truly African – American. Dad a white guy from Oregon & Mom from Liberia.

    June 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Denial

    HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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