June 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
3 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. Dem Switching

    DON'T WRITE IN HILLARY THAT IS AN EMPTY VOTE. CHECK MCCAIN.

    June 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Independant now

    Obama has won the battle. Clean the stains off of your keyboards. He hasn't won the war.

    We'll just see how things work out. Hillary is still a very large factor in this.

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

    Obama '08!!

    I agree with many from earlier. Lets move on from the Democrat divide of the last months and proceed with getting Obama in the White House! McCain will add 4 more years of misery to this country!

    June 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Barack Rocks!

    I am SO proud! God bless you Senator Obama!

    June 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Mike M

    though the cynics said it would be impossible he just stood there and said these three words "Yes We Can" and now at the end of the primary he could and he did win now on to the general election and then to the white house

    Obama 08

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

    That's my president!

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

    Let's get this party started and do this thang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Powell in NC

    I honestly cannot grasp these comments of Dems going Rep. How has a man who has inspired so many... dejected and angered you to this extreme?

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

    If you hate OBAMA more than you like HILLARY and MCCAIN, ask yourself, of whom are you a true fan of.
    For those who say they would rather vote MCCAIn instead of OBAMA because HILLARY lost, I say to you, hide your kids in your basement because we will all be dead in four year so say goodbye to your chance in participating in the next election.

    P/S if there was a world vote on the Next American president, 98% would be for OBAMA and the remaining 2% would be for MCCAIN and they would all be from only "ILLITERATE" Americans.
    Open your eyes America, you need the world to see you in a new light and not as fools whom let SPIN and PR from a deranged leader lead you to a war that cannot be won.

    Oh yeah! 4 Delegates left to cross the line....

    WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS.....WHEN IT'S RAINNING SUPER DELEGATES.....

    si se' puerde.
    yes we can, yes we did.

    WELCOMING OVER ALL CLINTON SUPPORTERS TO THE WINNING SIDE LIKE THE FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON

    June 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Swing-state Wayne

    I wish I could share in the joy the Obama people are feeling tonight. However, I can never vote for Obama for President – and that is not easy to say as a life-long Democrat who has never voted for a Republican. I will not vote for McCain. But, I can not forget the "in your face" attitude of the Obama people throughout this campaign, nor can I forget the constant drum of "now you white people are going to get it" attitude of Obama supporters.

    I will be glad when the election is over, McCain gets his 4 years over with, and we can finally nominate and elect a qualified individual to lead this country. If the Obama people believe they can take the white house without the support of those who supported other Democrats during this process, they will be as disappointed as the more than 17 million Americans that voted for Sen. Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. sick of hillary

    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! On to the White House Barack!!!! I have waited a long time for this....sweeeeeeetttt!!!!

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

    WE DID IT...ON TO NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Jessy

    OMG WOHOOOOOO YES OMABA YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!! WHAT A HISTORIC MOMENT SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN..

    GOD BLESS YOU OBAMA WE LOVE YOU !!

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Herman in LA

    Rise Obama Rise

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. jessie

    Are you people for real? I can't wait to see Ann Coulter etc. rip into him.

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. champ

    As I sit, the only thing that I can do is to sit and cry. All my life I have lived to see this moment. It is a global moment for all countries, races, creeds, religion and cultures. Yes, DEMOCRACY IS OUR UNITED STATES!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. julie - oakland, ca

    obama/clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Democrats love to loose

    Congratulations John McCain.
    Many people don't want Obama more than they don't want you,
    celebrate!

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Hillary: The Real Nominee

    AP and Fox news declared this hours ago; what planet on you on CNN. Also, Hillary Clinton is the Winner! of South Dakota. CNN made a nice effort to dramatize this inconsequential event considering Hillary continues to win the primaries. Automatic delegates would of been better off waiting to declare after Hillary has proven she is the stronger general election candidate. The super delegates serve no purpose to me.

    June 3, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. Dem Switching

    THIS WAS A FIXED NOMINATION..........................................................VOTE MCCAIN

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. ignore the imposters

    PLEASE IGNORE ANY POSTINGS BY 'ANGRY DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORT HILLARY, BUT WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN OVER OBAMA'. THEY ARE ACTUALLY OPERATIVES OF RUSH LIMBAUGHS OPERATION CHAOS. I KNOW THIAS FOR A FACT.
    THIS IS OBAMAS MOMENT TO SHINE. PLEASE ALLOW US ALL TO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY WITHOUT DIVISIVE COMMENTS POSTED INTENDED ONLY TO RAIN ON OUR PARADE.

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Jay

    Looks like WE are voting for McCain..YES WE CAN!

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Deb Grieve

    The voters didn't vote for Obama the superdelegates did. This is a man who cares more about his DNC members than the American voter, which was made clear by him taking his name off the ballot in Michigan and not wanting their votes or Floridas to count. I am an Independent voter and would have considered Clinton. I will never vote for a person who cares more about superdelegates than voters.

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. julie - oakland, ca

    his mother is white.

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. vic nashville,Tn

    Ha ha after he got the nomination by media he lost South Dakota
    This also history

    June 3, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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