Obama Declares Victory, Praises Clinton

It's been the longest and closest democratic primary campaign ever and now there's a winner.

Illinois Senator Barack obama has finally got more than the total of democratic delegates needed to beat Hillary Clinton.

Before a cheering crowd in Minnesota, Obama declared that he "will be" the democratic nominee for president.

Obama is already looking ahead to the fight against John McCain and winning over the backers of Hillary Clinton, now that he's won the competition with her.
After 5 months and 54 primary contests, Barack Obama wasn't high fiving, even in private, says a top aide,  but his supporters in St. Paul went wild as Obama declared himself the winner

"Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the democratic nominee for president of the United States," said Obama.

He won Tuesday's primary in Montana and won over dozens of super delegates but on the final day, Obama lost South Dakota to Hillary Clinton whom he praised

Obama said, "Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight."
She was in New York, not ready yet to concede that she's lost the nomination

Clinton said, "And in the coming days I will be consulting with advisers and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interest of our party and my country guiding way."

But she recognized Obama's accomplishment

"It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him, just as it is an honor to call him my friend. And I would like all of us to take a moment to recognize him and his supporters," said Clinton.

For the first time, Clinton told supporters that she would consider the vice presidency if Obama asks.

Meantime, Obama's focusing on his next race

Obama said, "So I'll say this, there are many words to describe John McCain's attempt to pass off his embrace of George bush's policies as bipartisan and new.  But change is not one of them."

Mccain versus Obama could get nasty.

McCain on Tuesday night said, "I have a few years on my opponent, so I am surprised that a young man has bought in to so many failed ideas."

On Wednesday both Obama and Clinton will be in Washington.

Both facing the same question.  Will they form a dream team?