18.5 16.5 12 11 10 9 8 to go

8:21 PM Congressman Bob Brady from Pennsylvania

8:04 PM OK Superdelegate Ivan Holmes

6:30 PM MD Superdelegate Bel Leong-Hong

6:21 PM Rep. Dennis Moore (KS).

5:42 PM Maxine Water, 2 FL SuperD and 3 Delaware SuperDs.

5:22 p.m. Two more supers via the Obama campaign, Ben Johnson from DC and Kamil Hasan from CA, lowers the number needed to 16.5.

Major update from the Obama campaign, the number of delegates needed is down to 18.5:

The Obama Campaign today announced that the following delegates pledged to former Senator John Edwards have committed to vote for Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention. With today’s announcement, every delegate pledged to Senator Edwards in Iowa (four delegates), New Hampshire (four delegates) and South Carolina (eight delegates) will be voting for Senator Obama at the National Convention. In addition, 10 of the 13 Edwards delegates from Florida will be voting for Senator Obama at the National Convention.

The updated roster adds ten delegates today to Obama’s delegate total, raising it to 2,099.5 and leaving the campaign only 18.5 delegates away from clinching the nomination at 2,118.

Obama will reach the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination tonight.

We are on the verge of having a nominee. The Democratic Party is making history today.

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