By Conor Hughes
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state’s only Democratic congressman, announced Friday that he is endorsing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President.
The endorsement comes one week before the South Carolina Democratic primary and just one day before the Nevada Democratic caucus, where Clinton is virtually tied with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton currently leads Sanders by 24 points in South Carolina polls. Clyburn’s endorsement will likely secure her significant lead among the state’s black voters.
Clyburn’s endorsement marks a public end to simmering tensions between Clyburn and Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, who excoriated Clyburn for backing Barack Obama in the 2008 primary.
According to Clyburn’s memoir, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, his endorsement of Obama resulted in a hostile, early morning call from former President Clinton. Obama went on to win South Carolina and claim the presidency.
Clyburn has represented the 6th District of South Carolina since 1993 and is the highest ranking African-American in Congress.