Hillary Will Concede On Saturday

ABC News is reporting what I hoped would happen: Hillary Clinton will "cede the nomination to Barack Obama" on Friday.

It's over.

Sen. Hillary Clinton will drop out of the presidential race on Friday, ending her historic bid for the White House and ceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, ABC News has learned.

Clinton's decision to leave the race ends a long, often bitter battle for the right to challenge Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the general election.

Awaiting confirmation from the Clinton campaign.

Update [2008-6-4 19:18:7 by Todd Beeton]:The NY Times fleshes it out a bit:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving to suspend her campaign and endorse Senator Barack Obama on Friday after Democratic members of Congress urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama, according to a senior adviser to Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton is likely to make the announcement in New York City, an aide said, though no final venue has been chosen.

And, I don't really get to say this too often, but Walter Mondale echoes my feelings exactly:

“I was for Hillary – I wasn’t against Obama, who I think is very talented,” said Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president. “I’m glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.”

Update [2008-6-4 21:43:0 by Todd Beeton]:MSNBC just reported that her concession event will actually be on Saturday. They're playing video of Barack Obama saying "Senator Clinton and I will work together to bring the Democratic Party together." Ha, Brian Williams is trying to trap Barack in a gotcha moment. Barack is too classy to fall for that.

Update [2008-6-4 21:49:51 by Todd Beeton]:This in from the Clinton campaign:

Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington , DC to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity. This event will be held on Saturday to accommodate more of Senator Clinton's supporters who want to attend.

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Post-Election Open Thread

OK, who else is going to miss our Tuesday nights together? Can't believe they're done and can't believe we finally have a nominee. Quite a note to go out on. Barack's speech tonight was phenomenal. Watch it below:

And Hillary's speech was excellent as well.

And didn't some other guy speak tonight too?

Consider this an open thread to look back on the journey of this primary process and ahead to the impending Obama/McCain match-up. History was made tonight. Soak it in and tell us what's on your mind...

Update [2008-6-4 3:34:59 by Todd Beeton]:Oh and by the way, Barack Obama will be addressing the SEIU convention Wednesday at 10:50am Eastern. If you're up check back here for the live stream of what is essentially his first post-primary speech as the nominee.

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MSNBC: Barack Obama Is Presumptive Nominee

Although South Dakota is too early to call, MSNBC has just declared Barack Obama as the presumptive nominee based on the pledged delegates he will win out of South Dakota tonight.

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Hillary Clinton Wins South Dakota

Hillary Clinton: percent

Barack Obama: percent

With 1% of precincts reporting a/o 1:06 PM Eastern

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The Final Countdown

Interesting to see CNN's delegate count showing Barack Obama 4 delegates away from winning. The official Barack Obama count, via press release, shows him 8 delegates away from clinching.

On a somewhat separate topic, I'm intrigued by MSNBC's inclusion of the "popular vote so far (excluding Michigan)" among its graphics tonight. The tally there is 17,428,541 for Clinton and 17,425,810 for Obama, or Clinton ahead by fewer than 3,000 votes. I'd be curious to know where they're getting this number. Real Clear Politics lists the non-Michigan popular vote as Obama with 17,389,253 and Clinton with 17,364,667, or Obama up by almost 25,000. So it would appear that MSNBC intends to inject that metric into tonight's analysis, I'm curious whether Hillary Clinton does as well. Certainly she essentially declared a popular vote victory here in Puerto Rico on Sunday but will she do the same tonight?

Update [2008-6-3 20:37:27 by Josh Orton]: At the Clinton event, the crowd is getting riled up. Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" is playing over the PA, and supporters on the risers behind the podium are chanting to take it to Denver...

Update [2008-6-3 20:43:25 by Josh Orton]: Just now, talking to reporters at the Hillary Clinton event, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner on Clinton as VP: "If she wants it, she deserves it."

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