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Obama on brink of nomination

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Barack Obama stepped to the brink of victory in the Democratic presidential race Tuesday night, defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Oregon primary and moving within 100 delegates of the total needed to claim the prize at the party convention this summer.

"You have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination," he told cheering supporters in Iowa, the overwhelmingly white state that launched him, a first-term senator from Illinois, on his improbable path to victory last January.

Obama said the night's contests would give him a majority of the delegates elected in all 56 primaries and caucuses combined — as distinct from nearly 800 superdelegates, party leaders and elected officials, who hold the balance of power at the convention.

Obama has now won 1,642.5 pledged delegates in primaries and caucuses, surpassing the 1,627 needed to claim a majority. Three primaries remain.

Obama has already turned his attention to the general election campaign against Republican John McCain. Democratic party officials said discussions were under way to send Paul Tewes, a top Obama campaign aide, to the Democratic National Committee to oversee operations for the fall campaign.

Obama lavished praise on Clinton, his rival in a race unlike any other, and accused McCain of a campaign run by lobbyists.

"You are Democrats who are tired of being divided, Republicans who no longer recognize the party that runs Washington, independents who are hungry for change," he said, speaking to a crowd on the grounds of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines as well as the millions around the country who will elect the nation's 44th president in November.

Clinton countered with a lopsided win in Kentucky, a victory with scant political value in a race moving inexorably in Obama's direction. The former first lady vowed to remain in the race, telling supporters, "I'm more determined than ever to see that every vote is cast and every ballot is counted."

In a fresh sign that their race was coming to an end, Clinton and Obama praised one another and pledged a united party for the general election.

"While we continue to go toe-to-toe for this nomination, we do see eye-to-eye when it comes to uniting our party to elect a Democratic president this fall," said Clinton, whose supporters Obama will need if he is to end eight years of Republican rule in the White House.

Clinton won at least 37 delegates in the two states and Obama won at least 23, according to an analysis of election returns by the Associated Press. All the Kentucky delegates were awarded, but there were still 43 to be allocated in Oregon, and Obama was in line for many of them.

Nearly nine in 10 of each state's voters were white, surveys of voters showed, but there the similarities ceased. Kentucky's less educated, less liberal, poorer and more rural population fit the profile of states where Clinton has done well, while Oregon's better schooled, more affluent and urban residents more resembled those that have delivered for him all year.

Sixty-three percent of white college graduates backed Clinton in Kentucky, according to exit polls of voters. Three quarters of whites who have not completed college also backed her.

Just 45 percent of whites in Kentucky said they would vote for Obama in a matchup with John McCain in the general election.

As the polls were closing in Kentucky and Oregon, Obama and Clinton reported their April fundraising results. Obama's campaign said he had amassed $31-million in April, including 200,000 new donors. Clinton raised $22-million last month, even as her path to the nomination continued to narrow.

McCain's team reported raising $18-million, the best month to date in his once cash-starved campaign. He reported having almost $22-million in cash on hand, while Obama's campaign said it now has about $37-million in the bank.

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Obama on brink of nomination 05/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:05pm]
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