As the polls closed in Montana, Obama announced the support of more than two dozen super delegates -- party leaders -- that pushed him far past the 2,118 delegate threshold needed to become the nominee, according to a tally by the Associated Press. In contrast, Clinton had 1,907 delegates.
Clinton left open the possibility that she would contest Obama's delegate totals within the party's governing bodies.
Don't I remember her saying she'd stay in until everybody had had their say, the votes had been counted and one of them had received the necessary delegate count? Well???
New York Times:
Obama Clinches Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket
The attention, however, shifted quickly on Wednesday morning to speculation about Mrs. Clinton’s next move after she delivered a speech on Tuesday evening that was more defiant than conciliatory.
AP via Yahoo headline:
Clinton refuses to bow out of presidential race. NEW YORK - Angling for a vice presidential nod, Hillary Rodham Clinton refused to bow out of the Democratic race Tuesday, hoping to maintain leverage as Barack Obama clinched the delegates needed to secure the party's nomination.