Obama Clinches?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Hillary, Pledged Delegates, Super Delegates!!!

I don’t really understand this story by the AP.

Check it out…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates.

The tally put Obama over the top Tuesday, ahead of the results from the day’s final primaries in Montana and South Dakota. The Illinois senator becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic contest and now faces Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the presidency.

Based on what? I haven’t seen the superdelegate tsunami some were reporting earlier, and all the sources I can find have him more than 30 delegates from clinching.

What gives?

Between wrongly reporting that Hillary will concede tonight, to now claiming Obama has clinched, it hasn’t been the best day for the AP’s credibility.

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6 Responses to “Obama Clinches?”

  1. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    A bunch of Supers have come out today for Obama, I think almost ten so far, and there could be others who have privately said they would announce today

  2. Agnostick Says:

    I have to say, this stinks to High Heaven. Would it really kill anybody to wait another 48 hours or so, to let the voters in South Dakota and Montana cast their votes?

    If these two states have their elections tomorrow, and the votes lean heavily towards Clinton, the Associated Press will have some serious, serious credibility issues to deal with.

    This is wrong…

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  3. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    They are voting today not tommorow

  4. Rob in Denver Says:

    Here’s what MSNBC says:

    “Obama sealed his victory based on public declarations from delegates as well as from an additional 18 who had confirmed their intentions to the AP. The count also included five delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 15 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination.

    “NBC News has been maintaining its own tally of delegates, which stood at Obama being 27.5 delegates short of the 2,118 needed. NBC News said it would not confirm Obama as the presumptive nominee until all private commitments by delegates were made public.”


    Take it for what it’s worth…

  5. Rob in Denver Says:

    Lots more here.

  6. Tully Says:

    No day is a good day for the AP’s credibility. Especially the cheerleading stage of election years.

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