Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination for the presidency.
“Because of you I can stand here and say that I will be the Democratic nominee to be president of the United States of America,” he told supporters in Minneapolis on Tuesday night, after the final primaries in Montana and South Dakota.
A number of media outlets are now saying that Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) has secured the majority of delegates to the Democratic convention in Denver at the end of August.
Obama had warm words for his chief rival in the six-month long race, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who did not concede in a separate speech. “Sen. Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign,” Obama said. “I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.”