>Tally by AP gives Obama Democratic nomination

>The day we’ve been waiting for since Super Tuesday is finally here. According to a tally done by the Associated Press, Sen. Obama has enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

The tally was based on public declarations from delegates as well as from another 16 who have confirmed their intentions to the AP. It also included 11 delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 30 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination. (Source)

As for Sen. Clinton:

Clinton stood ready to concede that her rival had amassed the delegates needed to triumph, according to officials in her campaign. They stressed that the New York senator did not intend to suspend or end her candidacy in a speech Tuesday night in New York. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to divulge her plans. (Source)

According to this CNN article, Sen. Clinton is steadfast in saying that she’s not ready to concede her race for the White House.

Terry McAuliffe rejected as “100 percent” incorrect an Associated Press report that Clinton is preparing to acknowledge that Obama has the delegates to win the nomination Tuesday night as the five-month Democratic primary process comes to a close.

I must say to Sen. Clinton: it’s time to move on. You’re out of money and you’re out of steam. You don’t have enough delegates. Even if you won the primaries tonight, you still would come up short. So, please do us all a favor and step aside. It’s best for the Democrats and it’s best for you.

You still have time to repair your image among those of us who used to admire you. You still have your Senate seat in New York. You still have your political skills as a master bargainer and a work-horse. You still have your brains. So, please, spare yourself the embarassment and step aside.

Now, it’s your turn. Should Sen. Clinton step aside? Why or why not? With clinching the nomination, do you think Sen. Obama can unify the Democratic Party? What should he do to reach out to voters who felt alientated by his campaign?