Hillary lands big SC endorsement
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Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Friday endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE’s presidential campaign, giving her a boost heading into the South Carolina primary.

“Today, my head and my heart are in the same place,” Clyburn said at a press conference in Columbia, S.C. “A few people speculated my head was with one candidate and my heart with the other.”

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“That was not the case at all. My heart has always been with Hillary Clinton,” he continued.

Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, originally said he would remain neutral in the race. But after a discussion with his family, the congressman said he decided to throw his support behind Clinton over Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWorld leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report Sanders on Brazile revelations: DNC needs ‘far more transparency’ Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE.

“I have decided to terminate my neutrality and get engaged,” Clyburn said. “I have had the opportunity to work up close and personal with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders."

"My experiences with both have been pleasant and enjoyable, but in spite of how it might sound, sometimes campaigns are and should be about future,” he said, adding that Clinton will be the best candidate to achieve pay equity, affordable healthcare and reform the criminal justice system.

His endorsement gives the former secretary of State a lift in South Carolina, where she holds a double-digit lead over Sanders ahead of the Feb. 27 primary. 

South Carolina has a more diverse electorate than Iowa and New Hampshire, and both Democratic candidates have been courting black voters in the state.

Clinton has sought to consolidate support among prominent black Democrats after Sanders’s resounding New Hampshire victory. She has received endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and Rep. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldBlack lawmakers give tech sector low marks amid Silicon Valley trip Week ahead in tech: Black Caucus takes diversity push to Silicon Valley Overnight Tech: Black lawmakers press Sandberg on diversity at Facebook | Dems want hearing on Trump tweets about media | Watchdog to probe alleged FCC cyberattack MORE (D-N.C.), who chairs the CBC.

Some of Clinton’s campaign surrogates have called into question Sanders's commitment to civil rights and criminal justice reform. But Sanders has been making inroads with this voter bloc and has recently landed several high-profile endorsements, including former NAACP president Ben Jealous.