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Obama Nears Nomination Threshold

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and his wife Michelle Obama prepare to board their plane to travel to St. Paul, Minnesota, June 3, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

By Jonathan Weisman
The torrent has slowed to a trickle, but with the polls about to close in South Dakota, two more superdelegates threw their support to Sen. Barack Obama, leaving him just eight delegates shy of the nomination.

Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Ivan Holmes and Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) joined 26 other superdelegates who threw their support to Obama today.

"It was our opinion that after Tuesday we should commit and get this over with," Brady told The Boston Globe, speaking for other undecided superdelegates in the House. "A lot of them doing it embargoed at 10 p.m. tonight. I'm not embargoed: I told them you can do it tonight, tomorrow or whenever."

Brady was courted furiously ahead of the Pennsylvania primary, and found himself squeezed between the wishes of his African American constituents in Philadelphia and his Hillary Clinton-backing patron in the House, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).

With just eight delegates to go, the nomination is now a lock, Obama aides say. Even if the Illinois senator loses both Montana and South Dakota by wide margins, he would pick up nine to 10 delegates by just competing. Montana's two senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, as well as its governor, Brian Schweitzer, also plan to endorse, once their state's polls are closed, providing still more cushion to his win.

Posted at 8:51 PM ET on Jun 3, 2008  | Category:  Primaries
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je souhaite que OBAMA gagne les elections au mois de november, cela, doit permettre a dynamiser l economie americaine etre de plus en plus forte a travers le monde et aussi, l amerique aura un autre image.

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Posted by: Rene Kakou | June 13, 2008 8:40 AM

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Posted by: Makaka Mbanzulu | June 13, 2008 8:37 AM

Obama is not Lincoln. Obama is not anyone in our history that he tries to tie himself with. Obama has also tried to tie himself with every single historic event possible. From his parents meeting to his undeclared "uncle" both complete and utter lies.

Obama has had more money and media manipulation than anyone in American history and he still can't close the deal.

143 working days in the senate are the number of working days obama had until he announced his exploratory committee to run.

Obama, if elected, will be the Democratic GWB.

Posted by: still can't close the deal | June 4, 2008 5:22 AM

Hillary cannot be on Obama's ticket. Plain and simple. Hillary is an evil, manipulative old lady whose head is stuck in the 20th century. The LAST thing we need is a Clinton in the White House, because we dont just get one, we get two (her and Bill). She is the opposite of Obama in ethical standards and political vision. Besides that, the spectre of assasination has been raised by Hillary, and the idea that if "something" happened to Obama she would become President might be too tempting to her. Its a horrible suspicion, but the elephant in the room cant be ignored. Put her somewhere else in power, perhaps Secretary of State. She lies too much to be a Supreme Court Judge.

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Posted by: 2U | June 3, 2008 9:48 PM

if she can't win, why does she try not to be on the ticket. She's hurting woment too. This fight does not make sense to me at all. I agree she should try to be the vice president if she can't be the nominee. She could still run for president in the future. The vice President is a prestigious position. What's wrong with her. What's wrong with being the first woman to be vice president and then President next.

Posted by: joanna | June 3, 2008 9:43 PM

I think Senator Obama already win the nomination. I also wonder why Hillary does try to get the VP ticket because a Vice President is a very prestigious position. If she can't win this season may after Obama elected,she could run for president in the future. She's fighting for something that is mathematically impossible and hurt Obama for a desperate fight that would end up to a faillure.

Posted by: francky | June 3, 2008 9:39 PM

WOW! Look!

A Manipulative, Opportunistic Lady, with an "Empty Suit" walking beside her! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 3, 2008 9:28 PM

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