Barack Obama wins Democrat nomination

Hillary finally steps aside to allow Barack Obama to lead the Democrat's hopes to the White House

Hillary Clinton has finally stepped aside to allow Barack Obama to lead the Democrat’s hopes to the White House.

Despite winning the primary in South Dakota, Hillary could not secure enough votes in Montana, paving the way for Obama to become, potentially, the first black American president.

The Illinois senator was magnanimous in his victory speech saying of Clinton: ‘Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honour to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

‘We’ve certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But… what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning is an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.’

But don’t think you’ve seen the last of Hillary yet, despite dismissing the notion in the past, she has now suggested she could yet form a Democrat ‘dream ticket’ and act as Obama’s vice presidential candidate.

‘I am open to it,’ she told Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez in a conference call to New York.

The five-month campaign, which in truth started unofficially many more months ago, has left Clinton with a serious personal financial debt, with at least $11.5 million of her $40 million campaign funds coming from her own pocket.

Now, however, the Democrats are looking to the future, with an official unveiling of Barack as their presidential candidate expected later this week, possibly at a fundraising event in New York with Hillary by his side.

‘This has been a great race,’ said Terry McAuliffe, Hillary’s campaign manager. ‘History is being made this year – potentially the first African-American nominee of the party, the first woman. It has been a great race. We’ve brought 20 million more voters out than ever before. No matter what happens we are going to be a unified party going forward.’

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