Bill and Hillary Clinton will campaign in rural South Carolina this weekend

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks as former President Bill Clinton applauds at her New Hampshire presidential primary campaign rally. Clinton is counting on the backing of more than 25 state Democratic lawmakers in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA — Hillary and Bill Clinton will each be the state this weekend for campaign events tied to her run for the White House, including for a town hall in one of the poorest parts of the state.

Hillary Clinton will be in the rural town of Denmark, near Bamberg, for a “Corridor of Opportunity” town hall on Friday.

The focus will be “to discuss the disparities facing South Carolinians and communities of color,” her campaign said.

Bamberg County is in the Interstate 95 corridor, which includes some of the state’s poorest rural school districts. The town hall will be held at Denmark-Olar Elementary School, 1459 Solomon Blatt Blvd., in Denmark. It is open to the public.

Bill Clinton will be part of a rally on Saturday at Francis Marion University in Florence. The event is open to the public at begins at 7:30 p.m., at The Commons at The Smith University Center at FMU. It is open to the public as well.

Meanwhile, more state lawmakers announced Wednesday their support for Clinton and rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said he is backing Clinton. He is the House of Representatives’ highest-ranking Democrat, and among the party’s top leaders statewide.

“Every day, I see the reality of lives torn apart by a broken criminal justice system,” said Rutherford in a written release. “We need someone like Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office who will protect President Obama’s progress on law enforcement accountability and reforms to the justice system — not take us backwards.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Cezar McKnight, D-Kingstree, held a news conference as well, announcing his support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. McKnight is the sixth state lawmaker who has endorsed Sanders. He previously supported former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

“I believe that we need a systematic change in the way we do things in this country,” McKnight said in a release.

The South Carolina Democratic primary is Feb. 27.