Despite Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in Kentucky, Barack Obama has won a majority of pledged delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination. Clinton won Kentucky by more than 30 points, but Obama’s share of the state’s 51 delegates was enough put him over the threshold, according to CNN estimates. Obama is expected to pick up at least 14 delegates in Kentucky, and by CNN estimates, that will give him 1,627 of the 3,253 pledged delegates at stake in all of primaries and caucuses.
Obama will also pick up a win in Oregon, CNN projects, giving him the larger share of the state’s 52 delegates. Obama’s top strategist, David Axelrod, said getting the pledged delegate majority was an “important milestone,” but not the end of the trail. Neither candidate is expected to reach the 2,026 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. That means the race is likely to be settled by “superdelegates” — party leaders and officials who will cast votes at the Democratic convention in August.
Speaking in Iowa, where he won the first-in-the-nation caucuses, Obama told supporters, “it was in this great state where we took the first steps of an unlikely journey to change America.”