In the News: Obama Clears Threshold for Nomination

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has secured enough delegates to become the presumptive Democrat nominee for president, finally defeating New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton after the completion of all the party primaries. A late flurry of superdelegate endorsements helped Obama clear the required 2,118-delegate threshold, along with better than expected results in the South Dakota and Montana primaries. Clinton is expected to suspend her campaign and endorse Obama against presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Obama has formed a committee to select his vice presidential running mate. Some names that have been mentioned include Clinton, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.

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