Obama Nears Nomination Threshold
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.
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