African-American Obama wins Democratic Party presidential nomination

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Washington, Jun 4 (UNI) Senator Barack Obama secured Democratic nomination for President to become the first African-American candidate for a major political party in the United States.

''In giving Obama the victory, his party broke a racial barrier,'' said the New York Times.

''Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States,'' Obama told a public rally yesterday at St. Paul, Minnesota, the place where the Republican Party will make Senator John McCain of Arizona their party's nominee in September.

Former first lady Hillary Clinton, who lost to Obama, recognised her rival for his "extraordinary campaign" without conceding the race.

Addressing her supporters in New York, which she represents in the US senate, she said she would not make a decision right now on her future course of action.

However, sources close to Hillary Clinton say that she may consider joining Obama as his running mate.

Obama (46), a senator from Illinois, will face 71-year-old veteran Republican Senator McCain in the November General Election.

What clinched the deal in favour of Obama was the support of super-delegates that pushed him towards the necessary 2118 delegates needed to win the nomination.

The son of a black Kenyan father and white American mother, Obama will be formally nominated as Democratic nominee at the party's convention in Denver in August.

Earlier, in the last batch of primaries, Obama won Montana Hillary Clinton South Dakota.

Obama in his speech, praised Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton for their services to the nation. He is expected to meet the former first lady to discuss problems of unity in the party.

Meanwhile, McCain hit out at Obama, saying, "Americans ought to be concerned about the judgment of a presidential candidate who says he's ready to talk, in person and without conditions, with tyrants from Havana to Pyongyang, but hasn't travelled to Iraq to meet with Gen. (David) Petraeus, and see for himself the progress he threatens to reverse." Gen. (David) Petraeus is commander of the US forces in Iraq.


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