— From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones
GREAT FALLS, MT, – Barack Obama told the audience at a rally Friday night that Montana and South Dakota were the last states to vote and that he believed the party would have a nominee once that voting is over.
It's the kind of statement he and his surrogates have been making more overtly in recent days, while still being careful not to speak ill of Hillary Clinton, who remains in the race despite lagging the Illinois senator by every major metric.
"All across the country the American people have said they are ready for change and Montana it is your turn on Tuesday to stand up for a new kind of politics," he said. "Now that doesn't mean that it's gonna to be easy. Montana and South Dakota will be the last primaries and I believe this primary season will come to an end and I believe we'll have a nominee."