James Clyburn the prominent Democratic South Carolina Representative endorsed Hillary Clinton a presidential candidate on Friday, only a week prior to the party’s primary which is the first in the south.
Clyburn, on Friday said he decided to end being neutral and would be engaged. This came at an event that was pro-Clinton held in Columbia, South Carolina.
He added that campaigns should be and are about our future. He believes the futures of the Democrats and the United States will be served best with the expertise and experience of Hillary Clinton as the nation’s 45th president.
Clyburn, who would not choose a side during the 2008 race, pointed to the record Clinton has on issues of criminal justice and the voting rights as the reason for his endorsement in 2016.
During his speech, he said that following extensive discussions with family and constituents in South Carolina, the congressional veteran of 23 years concluded that Clinton was by far the best choice and the best equipped to handle the growing inequality in income, sluggish wage hikes and inflating cost of higher education.
Clyburn, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is the House of Representatives highest-ranking African American.
After the landslide loss by Clinton in New Hampshire and with what appears to be a tight Nevada caucus on Saturday, the nod from Clyburn is a huge endorsement for Clinton in South Carolina.
Clinton is still the leader in South Carolina, especially amongst the likely primary voters who are African American. However, her rival Bernie Sanders has continued to push his campaign amongst the minority population in the state.
According to a new poll released late Thursday, Sanders has made some headway amongst the younger African Americans across South Carolina. He is also receiving additional support from the younger black activists, such as Erica Garner.
On Thursday, a national television network reported that the Democrat from South Carolina would be endorsing Clinton ahead of the primary in the state on February. That has come to fruition and has given a much needed shot in the arm to the Clinton campaign as the first primary in the south approaches.