June 3rd, 2008
09:00 PM ET
2 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. Lawrence, a person of conscience

    Congratulations to Senator Obama on clinching the Nominee and to Senator Clinton for a hard fought race.

    *shoots off fireworks*

    June 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. steveda - poconos

    Congrats to Nominee Obama for a wonderfully executed campaign. You deserve the nomination, and we need you as president.

    To thos esupposed Hillary supporters that are swearing to vote McCain. Do what you want. Just remember when your children and grandchildren are pushed to near poverty to pay for the rich's tax deductions and the deficit being incurred by the republicans – YOU caused that, Just remember when your children and grandchildren pay for the republican's war with their blood, YOU caused that. Just remember when the ultra-conservative Supreme Court appointed by the Republicans overturn Roe v. Wade and your daughters have lost their right to choose, and our future generations lose additional civil rights – You casued that!

    Just remember you don't have to explain to me... cause I don't want to hear it... you have to explain to THEM what you did and the petty reasons you cursed them with those burdens. Just remember....

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

    Vote American Democracy!
    No more Clinton or Bush anywhere near the White House!

    June 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. Janet, 60+White Female American via Canada

    YES! We Did America! God Bless America and the World is ThankFul!

    June 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. What if?

    YES, YES, YES,YES,YES, YES, YES,YES,YES, YES, YES,YES,YES, YES, YES,YES,YES, YES, YES,YES............. President OBAMA.

    THANK YOU GOD!
    THANK YOU GOD!
    THANK YOU GOD!
    THANK YOU GOD!
    THANK YOU GOD!
    THANK YOU GOD!

    June 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Jay

    I guess CNN is keeping out Hillary supporters tonight

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Caferty Please Read

    Obama does not need an immoral unethical partner for VP he did it on his own despite her throwing everything at him... that was irrelavent. What about her movies The Clinton Chronicles? What about Hillary Clinton The Movie and Hillary: It's All A Big Lie?

    What about those things? Hillary to hell with you be gone like the wicked witch you are and all your poor misinformed miseducated supporters. Long Live Barack... Obama 08'... and not Clinton. No Clinton Tickets

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Venus

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS GREAT!

    HISTORY IN THE MAKING --- PART 1!

    HA,HA,HA,HA! AND WE DID IT WITHOUT HILLARY SUPPORTERS!

    PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Eddie Mann

    Congratulations to Sen Obama. It should prove to be an interesting race. Here's what bothers me. Why is Sen Obama continuously referred to as "African American"? (Or any other black person for that matter.) Is this really what Americans want to hear? I mean, is he from Africa or America? What is an "African American"? Why can't he be just a black American? I'm a white American, not a "European American" or any other "Whatever American", just a plain ol' American. Seems to me that if he wants to represent the American people, he should drop the African tag. I too think it's a historic occasion but not for an "African" American, no, but for a black American. Does he still have ties to Africa? Will he represent Africa as the leader of America? Who started all this "African American" stuff anyway?! Does Sen Obama hold dual citizenships? It always makes me cringe when I hear someone use the term African American. We're all people, living in the United States of America, as Americans. (Provided one was born here or naturalized). And we need an American leader, whether black, red, white, yellow or whatever, but we need an AMERICAN!!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. RB

    FIRED UP!!!!

    READY TO GO!!!!!

    FIRED UP!!!!

    READY TO GO!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Melanie, Lake Wales, FL

    Why are you Clinton supporters so against Obama? I mean are you that bold to vote for a Republican? Are you that of a sore loser to do this? Honestly, I am an Obama Supporter (since the beginning), but NEVER in my life will I vote McCain. Had it been Clinton as our nominee, I'd rather her than McCain!

    Think about it before you vote!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. White & Old Midwest Female

    This is the very BEST news! People who have been backing Obama, which are WAY more than those backing Clinton, do NOT want her to be his running mate.

    Hope he has someone better in mind. Time for her to back off the whole thing. It doesn't matter if 1/4 of the country really likes her. So what? It's not enough and she doesn't get to call the shots. She's LOST!

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Todd From Long Beach, Ca.

    Congrats to Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To all Dems don't be color blind and allow McCain to win, it's time for a change.

    June 3, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. JC

    Obama/Clinton = THE Nightmare Ticket.

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

    Praise GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to take it to McCain like never before!!!!!!!!! We going to need everyones help. Send McCain to the nursing home!

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Texas Voter

    I hope Obama wins but he probably wont because of all the racists in this country. I like how Hillary supporters are jumping fence the minute she loses. You'd rather have a white man of another party than a black man of the same party who shares identical views as Hillary.

    All you racist "Democrats" disgust me.

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

    Yes we can, and yes we did!

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Beth Russell

    I would like to congradulate Senator Obama. I hope that he now can unify the democratic party and bring Hillary along as Vice President to take on McCain. With this team they would be unbeatable. I think that this is what the country needs now. We need stability and honesty. We need to rebuild the country and get it working again for the average working man and woman. That is what they can bring to this country. They both have a great economic plan and health care plan and I think that they would be unbeatable together. Lets get it done together once and for all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. s.boat

    No Hillary For V P !

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Reality Check

    Reality Check!!!!!
    Nothing more to say, but ...................TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. WOMAN THAT BELIEVES HILLARY IS A PARTY SPOILER!

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE DON'T WANT HILLARY AS VP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. dorothy chinwe otogbolu

    congratulations to senator obama, he is a clean and honest individual a good soul we are lucky to have him. he's nominatin is a divine intervention God is with him. sit back America and see what happens. Just as God directed solomon, david and other great men, so will be OBama because the only person that has the right to rule is God. God be with you Obama

    dorothy otogbolu
    nashville, TN.

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

    For all you Obama supporters who continually mock the Clinton supporters, remember one thing. You need us come November.

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

    DNC THROWS ELECTION TO OBAMA (FL and MI votes)....

    and is doing so, THROWS PRESIDENCY TO MC CAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,

    June 3, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. deb in az

    the democratic party is done....they just handed the republicans the white house......if you look at barracks accomplishments there are none.......john mccain is not george bush and doesnt have the views of george bush........so for you to take the media and the democrats for their out right lies is beyond me........i have never voted for john mccain, but i do prefer his common sense to some left wing nut who's mentor is a racist and a bigot......too bad the democrats didnt re-poll the states that voted for bho again, they would have found out that they will not vote for bho in the general.......i hope all you new voters go to the polls because that is the only way barrack stands a chance.....as for me i will now become an idependent.....

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