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Obama and Clinton approach the finish line

 Obama and Clinton approach the finish line
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are nearing the finish line of their Democratic presidential duel, with the final primaries later in Montana and South Dakota. Obama needs just 40 more delegates and with the backing of the Democrats’ Number Three is poised to claim the nomination.

Obama paid tribute to his opponent: “Senator Clinton has run an outstanding race, she is an outstanding public servant and she and I will be working together in November.”

There was no talk of quitting from Hillary Clinton, however, who said: “Tomorrow is the last day of the primaries and the beginning of a new phase in the campaign.”

But her husband, former president Bill Clinto appeared to be counting down the hours when he addressed a campaign rally, saying: “This may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind.”

Obama’s lead is unassailable unless Clinton wins nearly all the remaining uncommitted superdelegates, many of whom are expected to declare in the coming days.