AP Calls The Nomination For Obama

The AP is reporting that Senator Barack Obama now has the required 2,118 delegates necessary to secure the Democratic nomination.

Sen. Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, becoming the first black candidate to lead a major party into a campaign for the White House, The Associated Press reported based on its tally of delegates.

…The AP said Obama sealed his victory based on public declarations from delegates as well as from an additional 22 who had confirmed their intentions to the news service. The count also included five delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 15 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.

NBC News has been maintaining its own tally of delegates, which showed Obama’s being 11 delegates short of the 2,118 needed. NBC News said it would not confirm Obama as the presumptive nominee until all private commitments by delegates were made public.

Clinton stood ready to concede that her rival had amassed the delegates needed to triumph, according to officials in her campaign.

“If he happens to get the numbers, then Hillary will congratulate him as the nominee,” Clinton’s campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, said on NBC’s TODAY. But campaign officials stressed that Clinton did not intend to suspend or end her candidacy in a speech Tuesday night in New York.

ABC News is giving Obama the tally as well. Clinton may be hoping she can undo Obama’s superdelagate commitments, but that appears increasing unlikely.

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