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Obama on brink of nomination

2012-04-22 20:20

Washington - It's official: President Barack Obama will clinch the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday, ending a low-key primary race that many people probably didn't realise was happening.

Obama is certain to reach the 2 778 delegates he needs to secure his party's nod for a second time when five states vote on Tuesday. He has won almost every delegate so far, with a few exceptions in some Southern states that won't vote Democratic in the fall anyway.

But don't expect a big party, or any party. Campaign officials say they are focused on the general election, as they have been for months, and the all-but-certain Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

All this is a stark difference from four years ago.

At this time in 2008, Obama was still in an epic primary battle against Hillary Clinton. The fight for the nomination didn't end until June, on the last day of the primary calendar, when Obama inched across the finish line on his way to the general election and eventually the White House.

There was a party that night, and why not? Obama was a big underdog heading into the 2008 primaries. Facing the well-financed former first lady, Obama was the junior senator from Illinois, a black man with a funny sounding name.

No foreign policy experience. No military experience.

Obama's resume may have been a bit thin, but he parleyed his compelling life story and an inspiring message of hope and change into an unlikely run for the Democratic nomination and victory over Senator John McCain.

The partying was intense that night in 2008 when Obama became the first black to win a major party nomination to run for president. Obama's top campaign aides were in a Chicago bar near campaign headquarters. The candidate wasn't there.

Largest grassroots operation

Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt was succinct when asked if the campaign was planning a similar celebration Tuesday night, after the primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and Rhode Island.

"No sir."

This year, Obama's march to the nomination has generated little interest because he has no major primary challenger, no one who made the ballot in more than a handful of states.

Democratic voters, however, are not unanimously behind the president.

In Oklahoma, anti-abortion protester Randall Terry, who founded Operation Rescue, got 18% of the vote in the Democratic presidential primary March 6. That should have been good enough to win eight delegates, but state party officials said Terry didn't follow party rules and was not a "bona fide Democrat".

The delegates were awarded to Obama; Terry complained he was the victim of "political insider trading".

In Alabama, 18% of Democratic voters voted for "uncommitted" in the March 13 primary, so the state party will send eight uncommitted delegates to the Democratic national convention.

Obama is unlikely to win Oklahoma or Alabama in the general election.

Regardless, LaBolt said Obama's campaign is busy building the largest grassroots operation ever.

Comments
  • Ignatius - 2012-04-22 21:14

    so who will barry choose for his vp? the interesting vp buzz today does not concern mitch daniels. the rumor is that there are steps afoot in the obama campaign to throw joe biden under the bus in favor of hillary clinton in return for bill's fund raising support. poor loyal joe. he really deserves better, doesn't he?

      elewies - 2012-04-22 21:30

      Ignatius you're buying into sensationalism. Hilary had a fantastic run at Secretary of State and will now bow out of public duties (before she makes any major bloopers) to regroup so that she can run in 2016...

      elewies - 2012-04-22 21:30

      Ignatius you're buying into sensationalism. Hilary had a fantastic run at Secretary of State and will now bow out of public duties (before she makes any major bloopers) to regroup so that she can run in 2016...

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 08:40

      Fantastic run as secretary of state. The women is a warmonger

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 08:40

      Fantastic run as secretary of state. The women is a warmonger

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 09:12

      Dylan, You just say this, so you can make an anti Western comment, but it is totally nonsense to say Hillary Clinton is a warmonger !! The US is getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan......., they were not interested getting involved in the uprisings in Tunesia, Egypt, nor in Libya, where their total contribution to get rid of that psychopath was to supply Nato with satalite immages. The same as in Syria, the US government has continiously said, it is not interested in military intervention, nor arming the oposition. They send some ( night vision ) goggles to the oposition, THAT'S ALL !! So, your comments are based on your fantasy and therefore meaningless, actually they are rather childish !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 09:12

      Dylan, You just say this, so you can make an anti Western comment, but it is totally nonsense to say Hillary Clinton is a warmonger !! The US is getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan......., they were not interested getting involved in the uprisings in Tunesia, Egypt, nor in Libya, where their total contribution to get rid of that psychopath was to supply Nato with satalite immages. The same as in Syria, the US government has continiously said, it is not interested in military intervention, nor arming the oposition. They send some ( night vision ) goggles to the oposition, THAT'S ALL !! So, your comments are based on your fantasy and therefore meaningless, actually they are rather childish !!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 23:09

      Anthony I think I may be done arguing with you because we clearly view the world in a different way. Only history will say who is correct the way I see it to think the us was not involved in Libya is a little misguided as the us provides the most military hardware and troops to the NATO set up. FACT. No conspiracy there. With Syria true they have said they are not interested in military intervention but then on the other hand they support everything the Arab league have said and that is for international intervention and arming of the opposition( by the way did you read the links I sent you about the new Libyan govt) Saudi Arabia and turkey are the biggest talkers at the Arab league. Now who do you suppose supplies these countries with there arms. Yip you guessed it the US of A. I'm an not anti western my father is Italian and we have of course grown up with Heavy western influence in sa but I do believe that criminal elements in western governments have infiltrated to the very top promoting perpetual wars and regime changes to achieve foreign policy I mean let's not forget that the us is 15 trillion dollars in debt they can't even afford these wars which only adds credence to my arguments. The American people are tired of never ending war which is forced upon them through propaganda in the main stream media. I'm sorry bud but I make some valid claims which you cannot just pass off as nonsense. The us is currently involved in active military operations in Iraq( services handed over to private military contractors who protect the largest CIA base with over 6000 employees FACT no conspiracy there) Iran ( through covert drone missions and assassinations of nuclear personnel which is an act of war by the way) Pakistan (which the Pakistani govt has entirely condemned) Somalia and Yemen to name but a few. So who are the aggressors? Let's not forget the continued expansion of NATO missile 'defense' systems going right up to Russia and chines borders!!!! A little provocative don't you think!!! So yes I think Hillary Clinton Leon pannetta Obama and the previous bush administration are one in the same warmongers!!!!! Do yourself a favour and google Ron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!

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