Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket
Senator Barack Obama has now clinched the number of delegates needed to receive the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Mr. Obama lost New Jersey to Senator Clinton in a primary contest earlier this year, but was overwhelmingly the choice of Essex County.
Mayor Booker is a longtime supporter of the senator. Should Obama win the national election, the mayor could have a friend in the White House — a result that could potentially be good for Newark in particular, and for cities nationwide, as well.
“Tonight, we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America,” Mr. Obama told supporters at a rally in St. Paul. “Because of you, tonight I can stand here and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States of America.”
In a speech to supporters in New York City, Mrs. Clinton paid tribute to Mr. Obama, but she did not leave the race. In a speech more defiant than conciliatory, she again presented her case that she was the stronger candidate and argued that she had won the popular vote, a notion disputed by the Obama campaign.
“I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected,” Mrs. Clinton told supporters. But she paid homage to Mr. Obama’s accomplishments, saying, “It has been an honor to contest the primaries with him, just as it is an honor to call him my friend.”