Here's a story in the Tribune:
As polls started closing in South Dakota, Sen. Barack Obama made history tonight by clinching the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first African-American to secure enough delegates to be the nominee of a major political party.This'll be an interesting summer and an interesting campaign as we go into November 2008!
With the votes in South Dakota's primary giving him the necessary delegates, the Illinois Democrat prepared to claim victory at the home of this summer's Republican National Convention--the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, where his expected GOP rival, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, will formally accept his party's nomination in September.
Obama gained the nomination almost 16 months after first declaring his candidacy for the presidency with a frigid address outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "house divided" speech.
Though he entered the contest as an underdog against a Hillary Clinton campaign that, at times, viewed itself as inevitable, Obama used the Internet to lead a massive, record-breaking fundraising effort. A victory in Iowa, which once seemed implausible, strong organizing in other caucus states and a monumental fundraising advantage all proved too sizable a hurdle for Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady, to overcome.
Obama rode to victory on a theme of change, using his short tenure in the U.S. Senate to promote himself as a new style of politician not bound by Washington's ways of the past. His speeches energized voters and his early successes gave confidence to African-American voters in subsequent states that white voters were prepared to vote for a black candidate for the presidency.