The National Education Association's political action committee, the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, has endorsed Democrat Brad Hutto for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.

"Brad Hutto shares our values and the values of the working families of South Carolina," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

"If elected, Brad will put students and educators ahead of partisan politics because he understands that the road to economic prosperity and security starts in the Palmetto State's public schools."

Hutto has been a member of the S.C. state Senate from Orangeburg since 1996.

"Brad Hutto has the right values to speak up in Congress for students and educators," added S.C. Education Association President Bernadette R. Hampton. "He knows the issues facing students and our schools. He understands the important role education plays in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow so that Americans can compete in the 21st century global marketplace."

The SCEA is the professional association for educators in South Carolina. Also on the ballot are Libertarian Victor Kocher and independent candidate Thomas Ravenel.