Obama: General election begins after Tuesday

Speaking to a group of reporters, Barack Obama predicts he'll be the presumptive nominee after the final primaries next week.

By Alex Koppelman
May 29, 2008 6:30PM (UTC)
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Barack Obama sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking to reporters traveling with him on a plane to Chicago Wednesday night, Obama was asked, "When will we have a clear idea to say we've got a nominee?" He responded, "After Tuesday we will ... At that point, all the information will be in. There will be no more questions answered. I suspect that you know whatever remaining superdelegates will make their decisions pretty quickly after that."

Later, there was a little hedging. A reporter asked whether that would still hold true if Hillary Clinton continues to contest the nomination, and if that happened "at what point can we say we have a winner?"


"At the point when I have enough delegates to claim the nomination," Obama said. A transcript of the press availability indicates that his response as to when that might be was inaudible. Further on in the interview, though, he was more definitive. Asked, "Senator, does the general election begin then after Tuesday?" Obama said only, "Yes."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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