Barack Obama has reached the magic number, and clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press delegate count.
The count is based on private and public delegate commitments. According to the AP, Obama has effectively claimed the nomination with 2,118 delegates, even if he loses the South Dakota and Montana primaries today.
Showing political savvy, Obama's campaign has secured enough public and private commitments from elected and superdelegates, on the last day of the primary season.
Superdelegate endorsements have been announced all day, thus ensuring his triumph will ride in ahead of the last two elections, instead of looking like a back-room, postponed deal made by party insiders.
Are you ready for the general election showdown? Here comes Barack Obama vs. John McCain . . .