Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House.
Campaigning on an insistent call for change, Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic race that sparked record turnout in primary after primary, yet exposed deep racial divisions within the party.
The AP tally was based on public commitments from delegates as well as more than a dozen private commitments. It also included a minimum number of delegates Obama was guaranteed even if he lost the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.
Four more supers from Michigan have joined the bandwagon as well.
Four more Michigan superdelegates have endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Detroit, Joyce Lalonde of Eastpointe and Democratic National Committee members Debbie Dingell of Dearborn and Rick Wiener of Williamston said in news releases Tuesday they are backing Obama.
Time to turn our attention to the Republicans. Let's go get 'em.