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Obama passes election milestone

Barack Obama at a rally in Iowa, 20 May 2008

Mr Obama has won more delegates in the primary contests so far

Barack Obama has said he is now within reach of becoming the Democratic candidate for the US presidency.

Mr Obama has a majority of “pledged” delegates, who are won in primary elections, although he is still short of a confirmed overall victory.

US media have projected a win for him in Tuesday’s Oregon primary.

But his key rival Hillary Clinton has won Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary by a large margin and vowed to fight on.

‘Popular vote’

Mr Obama chose to address his supporters on Tuesday night in Iowa, scene of this year’s first presidential selection contest.

“We have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people,” he told his supporters.


Total delegates (pledged and super-delegates) needed for nomination: 2,026

Total pledged delegates at stake: 3,253

Total super-delegates at stake: 797

Total delegate tally for Barack Obama: 1,940

Pledged delegate tally for Mr Obama: 1,633

Total delegate tally for Hillary Clinton: 1,759

Pledged delegate tally for Mrs Clinton: 1,480

Source: Associated Press, as of 0420 BST on 21 May

“You have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States,” he added.

The nomination process is complicated because the total of 2,026 delegates needed is made up of pledged delegates and super-delegates.

The latter are party elders who get an automatic vote at the party’s nominating convention and are not bound by election results.

Hailing her Kentucky victory, Mrs Clinton said she would fight “until we have a nominee – whoever she may be”.

Speaking to her supporters, Mrs Clinton said: “It’s not just Kentucky bluegrass that’s music to my ears, it’s the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence, even in the face of some pretty tough odds.”

And in a passage seemingly directed at the remaining undecided super-delegates, Mrs Clinton argued that she would be “best positioned to win in November” against Republican candidate Sen John McCain.

Mrs Clinton also said she was “winning the popular vote” over Mr Obama.

The claim has been questioned by the Obama campaign, which argues that Mrs Clinton’s popular vote calculation includes disputed contests in Michigan and Florida, and does not include results from several caucus states in which Mr Obama did well.

Barack Obama claims election milestoneLink to Obama Iowa speech video >> 10 minMr Obama hopes his pledged delegate majority will encourage the remaining undecided super-delegates to back him.

In Kentucky, Mrs Clinton won 65% of the vote to Mr Obama’s 30%.

Voters in Oregon, which has a mail-in voting system, had until 2000 local time (0300 GMT) to return their ballots to election offices.

Mrs Clinton has warned Mr Obama against declaring premature victory, saying it would be a “slap in the face” to her millions of supporters so far and those states yet to vote.

‘Next challenge’

Mr Obama’s aides are increasingly pushing the message that he has all but wrapped up the Democratic nomination and will be the one to face Mr McCain in November’s general election.

Hillary Clinton’s victory speech in KentuckyLink to Clinton’s Kentucky speech>>“As we near victory in one contest, the next challenge is already heating up,” campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in an e-mail to supporters on Monday.

“President Bush and Senator McCain have begun co-ordinating their attacks on Barack Obama in an effort to extend their failed policies for a third term.”

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