June 4th, 2008
08:24 AM ET
12 years ago

Analysis: Obama makes history, pivots to general election

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Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday told supporters he will be the Democratic nominee.

Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday told supporters he will be the Democratic nominee.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Barack Obama made history Tuesday night when he became the first African-American in U.S. history to clinch a major party's presidential nomination. But the Illinois senator faces several challenges as the campaign now turns to the general election - notwithstanding a first order of business of helping to heal the wounds of a deeply divided Democratic Party.

Obama offered an olive branch to rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday evening, telling supporters at his victory rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, that the country and the party "are better off because of her." He added that Clinton has "an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be."

Obama and Clinton rounded out the 2008 Democratic primary season by splitting the final two states: Montana and South Dakota. And despite his loss in South Dakota, Obama gained enough delegates to cross the finish line an hour before the Montana polls closed.

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. RONNIE

    BARFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF .

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. did not make History

    Obama stole the Nomination to make a History see the explanation below!!! see it to beleive it!! He stole the nomination since superdelegates couldn't do the electrol map math right. Obama supporters and superdelegates who has endorsed Obama canot do the map math. see below!!

    To rest of the Undeclared Superdelegates:

    Do the electrol map Math right otherwise we wil be screwed in Nov!!! This is a last chance that you have

    Obama shouldn't be and will not be the nominee if democrats want to win the White House. Do the electrol Math and not the pledged delegate Math. Then question yourself who is a better and stronger candidate to win the White House.

    If you do not do the map Math right and endorse Obama then "Democratic Party is committing suicide". Then John McCain will take the white house. The result of this will be that you will make the American people suffer for a day to day life for another 4 or 8 years as we are doing now with Bush's Administration.

    If (Obama is the Nominee)
    then Bush administration= McCain Administration
    American People = "suffer for day to day life"
    endif;

    Go Hillary 2009-20016!!!!!! We need you at this time of Crisis!!

    June 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. sw36

    Today has to be one of the happiest days of my life! I'm so proud of Barack Obama and what he has been able to accomplish during his run for office. I'm very disappointed in Hillary Clinton. She didn't even take a moment to congratulate him on crossing the finish line last night. I do not wish to see her name on any future ballot. She is too devisive and her campaign hasn't been about the American people at all, but it has been about her selfish desires. I'm supporting Barack Obama all the way to the White House. He's a uniter and has started a movement unlike anything I've ever witnessed. We can make America better. Under his leadership and vision I say YES WE CAN. I have no doubt that he will be the next president of the United States and I plan to be in Washington at his inaguration to witness it with my own eyes! What a wonderful day to be alive in America!!! We love you Barack! Keep taking the high road. We are behind you 100%!

    June 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. cheri

    GOD BLESS YOU OBAMA...WE LOVE YOU!!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. EXPERIENCE ?

    JOSH...........This country can not afford to have Obama, who is deeply unexperienced and naive, running this country.....OH say can you see
    What experience has caused.... WAR – Higher Gas and Food prices ....We can"t afford 4 more years of BUSHED and MCSAME

    June 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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