Barack Obama said Tuesday he was within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination, claiming he had won a majority of pledged delegates to the party’s August convention.
Obama, 46, strode ever closer to becoming the first African American presidential nominee, despite losing the first of Tuesday’s two primary contests, in
"We have returned to
Though Obama claimed the majority of pledged delegates, he was still short of the 2,026 total delegates required to officially claim the nomination.
Obama spoke in the Midwestern state where he upended the Democratic battle with a shock win in the first nominating contest in January, which is also a key battleground in a general election.
His comments came even before results were announced from the
Obama also paid his most fulsome tribute yet to
"In her thirty-five years of public service, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has never given up on her fight for the American people. Tonight I congratulate her on her victory in
"No matter how this primary ends, Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the