Obama is closing in on the nomination

May 21, 2008 12:57:38 AM PDT
Tuesday's primaries gave one win to Hillary Clinton and one to Barack Obama. A new tone is set in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"No matter how this primary ends, Sen. Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers," said Sen. Barack Obama before the Oregon returns came out.

It was a strong win for Obama in Oregon's democratic primary with 58 percent, and Clinton winning 42 percent.

Sen. Hillary Clinton's big win is in Kentucky where she got 65 percent of the vote to Obama's 30 percent.

Barack Obama delivered his Oregon victory speech in Des Moines, Iowa. There, he spoke directly to middle class America and thanked Iowa for standing up for change.

"We have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people and you have put us within reach of the democratic nomination for the President of the United States of America," said Obama.

He took several shots at Senator John McCain (R) and President George W. Bush.

"Change is an energy policy that doesn't rely on buddying up the Saudi Royal Family and then begging them for oil," said Obama.

However, spoke of Hillary Clinton with respect.

"And no matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and your daughters will come of age. And for that, we are grateful to her," said Obama.

Hillary Clinton speaking in Louisville Kentucky promised to fight on, even after the voting ends on June 3rd.

"And so our party will have a tough choice to make. Who is ready to lead our party at the top of our ticket? Who is ready to defeat Sen. McCain in the swing states and among swing voters?" said Clinton.

Clinton says the 2.3 million voters in the disputed states of Florida and Michigan deserve to be counted.

"And that's why I'm going to continue making our case until we have a nominee whoever she may be," said Clinton.

ABC7 Political Analyst Bruce Cain says Tuesday's split will continue Obama's momentum.

"And it will lead to more of the same. That is more of the superdelegates going over to Barack Obama's side simply to try and bring an end to this contest," said Cain.

University of San Francisco Political Scientist James Taylor believes he saw on Tuesday the candidates are already coming together.

"And these people from Kentucky for example that say they would vote for John McCain, they were going to do that any way Hillary Clinton is not going to win Kentucky even though her husband did twice," said Taylor.

Professor Taylor has been reading the polls. In Kentucky in a head to head match up, John McCain is beating Hillary Clinton by double digits. All three candidates posted their April fundraising numbers on Tuesday night. Barack Obama has $31 million, Hillary Clinton has $22 million, and John McCain has $18 million.

However, the Republican National Committee is reporting $40 million in the bank. That is ten times more than the Democratic National Committee. The GOP has been socking it away as the Democratic candidates battle each other.

Obama reached a campaign milestone tonight. He's now won a majority of the Democrats' delegates; more than half are committed to him. Obama has 1,956 delegates to Clinton's 1,766. He's now 70 delegates shy of the 2,026 needed to win the nomination.


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