Clyburn to endorse Biden ahead of S.C. primary: report

Clyburn to endorse Biden ahead of S.C. primary: report
© Greg Nash

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn (D) will reportedly endorse former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday, days before the state's primary, which is a crucial test for the Biden campaign.

Politico reported the impending endorsement Sunday afternoon. Clyburn himself told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he would endorse later in the week, while not revealing his pick.

“I will endorse Wednesday morning,” Clyburn told NBC. “I’m going to tell everybody who I’m going to vote for. I’m just not going to do it today.”


The House majority whip and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Clyburn carries significant weight in the South Carolina primary. The state is seen as a major test for Democratic candidates as they seek the support of African American voters.

Biden faces a crucial moment in the state after disappointing finishes in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, trailing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Briahna Joy Gray: Voters are 'torn' over Ohio special election Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (I-Vt.) by more than 20 points. He suffered defeats in Iowa and New Hampshire as well, where the former vice president trailed former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE (D).

Biden's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Sunday evening from The Hill.