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

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn (D) will reportedly endorse former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook 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.

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Biden faces a crucial moment in the state after disappointing finishes in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, trailing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness 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 ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D).

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