He has made political history as the first African American to win the presidential nomination of a major US party. Barack Obama has scored enough votes in the primaries race to secure his victory at a Democratic convention in August. He told his supporters: “Because of you tonight, I can stand here and say, that I will be the democratic nominee for the president of United States of America.”
Rival Hillary Clinton has so far not conceded defeat, saying she would consult with party leaders and supporters to work out her next move.
Clinton said. “This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight.”
Obama must now turn to the job of unifying the Democrats after their five month battle, and he has already heaped praise on Clinton.
He said: “She has made history not just because she’s a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she is a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight. I congratulate her on her victory in South Dakota and I congratulate her on her race that she has run throughout this contest.”
If Obama were to beat Republican John McCain in the presidential race in November, not only would he be the first black president in history, but also the fifth youngest at the age of 46.