CNN Reports Obama Wins Democratic Nominee

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

This is definitely a defining moment in our history, and in so many ways I just can't believe that I'm here to witness it - to actually see something so monumental happen in my lifetime.

Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party.

Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday told supporters he will be the Democratic nominee.

Obama's steady stream of superdelegate endorsements, combined with the delegates he received from Tuesday's primaries, put him past the 2,118 threshold, CNN projects.

"Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another -- a journey that will bring a new and better day to America," he said.

"Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States."

Read more coverage at CNN and view a piece of his victory speech below: