News out today that the Obama campaign is planning to officially claim the nomination on May 20th. West Virginia will have happened on May 17th along with two more states, Oregon and Kentucky on May 20th, which should give him a pledged delegate majority. He doesn’t have to win, simply come in and share the delegates in a 55/45 split of sorts, or closer.
A video report on it from CBS 2 Chicago:
Also, a report from the same place:
CHICAGO (CBS) â€• It looks like the end is near for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. CBS 2 has learned that Barack Obama is ready to celebrate winning the Democratic nomination for president on May 20, the day two more states hold their primaries.
CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports on that day, Obama expects to cross a threshold that, his aides say in the past, has always guaranteed the Democratic nomination. He expects to have collected a majority of the pledged convention delegates.
As Obama shifts his focus to the likely Republican nominee, at his campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue campaign workers are planning a big celebration for the evening of May 20, when votes will be counted in Kentucky and Oregon and they expect Obama will have clinched a majority of the elected, pledged delegates.
“We are building toward that day when we can claim a majority of the pledged delegates, and we believe that’s going to be on May 20 and I believe that’s gonna be a big night for those of us in this camapaign,” said Obama political strategist, David Axelrod.
But Rep. Jack Franks, a Clinton supporter, countered, “Declaring mission accomplished doesn’t make it so â€“ all you have to do is ask George Bush about that. And that’s why we have to take this to the convention and let the delegates decide.”
The writing appears to be on the wall for Hillary Clinton, at some point she’ll have to step aside for the good of the party.