This night belongs to Barack Obama. With the votes in from the final two contests, the 46 year old Illinois senator has secured the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton pulled out a win in South Dakota, but Obama's expected to take Montana and with super delegate pledges mounting by the hour, the marathon primary season is now over. It's an historic finish to a grueling race. The first black candidate ever to lead a major U.S. party in a run for the White House. The woman who came so close to making history is celebrating her hard fought campaign in her home state. Clinton did not formally drop out, but she acknowledged the writing on the wall.
"Tonight I want to take a moment to recognize him and his supporters for all they have accomplished," Clinton said.
Party leaders want this primary battle behind them so Democrats can unify against the GOP.
Obama’s choice for Tuesday night's celebration? The same spot where John McCain will accept the Republican nomination in September. Whether the Democrats will get behind Obama hinges in part on Clinton’s next move. She told congressional colleagues she would be open to taking the number two spot on the ticket. While Obama knows he must woo the millions of voters who cast ballots for Clinton, he’s refused to talk about a VP pick until his nomination was a done deal.