Barack Obama Claims Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Concede

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 3, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Barack Obama Claims Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Concede

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 3
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Barack Obama claimed enough delegates on Tuesday night to capture the Democratic nomination while his pro-abortion colleague Hillary Clinton refused to concede the race. Meanwhile, the candidates split the final two primary election states with Obama winning in Montana and Clinton picking up South Dakota.

Obama received significant support from super delegates on Tuesday putting him above the 2,118 threshold he needs to officially become the nominee at the Democratic convention this summer.

Several media outlets crowned Obama the nominee and said the abortion advocate would be taking on Sen. John McCain in November.

"Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” Obama told a crowd in Minnesota.

Speaking in New York to her supporters, Clinton congratulated Obama for his campaign but did not concede the race nor discuss the possibility of becoming the pro-abortion candidate’s vice-president.

"In the coming days, I’ll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding my way," she told supporters.

Clinton congratulated "Obama and his supporters on the extraordinary race they have run."

Meanwhile, McCain gave a speech in Louisiana on Tuesday night saying he is the candidate for the right kind of change.

"No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But the choice is between the right change and the wrong change, between going forward and going backward," he said.

"The American people didn’t get to know me yesterday, as they are just getting to know Sen. Obama," he said. "They know I have a long record of bipartisan problem-solving. They’ve seen me put our country before any president, before any party, before any special interest — before my own interest."

In South Dakota, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Clinton took in 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Obama. In Montana, with 30 percent of the vote tallied, Obama brought in 58 percent compared to 39 percent for Clinton.