After yesterday’s Rules & Bylaws Committee decision, Obama has 2,052 delegates (including Edwards pledged dels who have declared for Obama), and the new “magic number” is 2,117. That puts him 65 away from clinching the nomination.
Assuming conservative projections of 22 pledged delegates in Puerto Rico today, and 8 each in South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, he needs 27 more delegates — out of 218.5 undeclared superdelegates and Edwards pledgees.
The only question, really, is whether he’ll get those 27 delegates by the time he takes to the stage in Minnesota Tuesday night, so he can declare victory then and there. I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of supers declare for Obama within, say, an hour after the polls close in Montana and Souta Dakota.
One thing he won’t necessary wait for, before declaring victory, is a Clinton concession. Reportedly, however, Clinton is coming to terms with the fact that she’s going to lose, so a concession may actually happen.