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Obama's Tuesday Iowa Return


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (C) (D-Ill.) orders ice cream with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) at Lew's Drive In May 18, 2008. (Getty Images)

By Matthew Mosk
MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Sen. Barack Obama explained today why he will spend election night on Tuesday in Iowa, a state whose caucuses took place in January, and in doing so continued to flirt with a declaration of victory in the presidential nominating process.

"We thought it was a terrific way to bring things full circle," he told reporters after buying his kids ice cream at a diner here.

"If Kentucky and Oregon go as we hope then we think we will have a majority of pledged delegates at that point and that's a pretty significant mark," he said.

Asked if that would be tantamount to securing the Democratic nomination, Obama said no.

"It doesn't mean we declare victory because I won't be the nominee until we have a combination of both pledged delegates and super delegates to hit the mark, but what it does mean is that the voters have given us the majority of delegates that they can assign and obviously that's what this process is about."

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 18, 2008; 6:09 PM ET
 
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