COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third most powerful Democrat in Washington, told The Washington Post he is considering endorsing a candidate before the Feb. 27 primary — and hinted that it might be Hillary Clinton.
Clyburn, D-S.C., who previously said he intended to remain neutral in the campaign, told the Post his wife and daughters — who are Clinton supporters — have asked him to use his influence to let South Carolinians know who he supports.
He told the paper it did not seem plausible he would endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist.
If Clyburn chooses to endorse Clinton, it could put to rest the tension that formed during the 2008 presidential election where the congressman accused Bill Clinton of using racially tinged comments from the former president regarding the viability of President Barack Obama’s campaign. Clyburn remained officially neutral in that race.
Sanders and real-estate mogul Donald Trump scored victories Tuesday night in the New Hampshire primary, with the winners getting 68 percent of the vote and 35 percent, respectively.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished second in the Republican race, receiving 16 percent of the vote with 87 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Clinton received 38 percent of the vote, with 88 percent of precincts reporting.
All candidates are setting their sights on South Carolina, with six Republican candidates making their way through the state Wednesday. The Post and Courier will be at each of the 11 appearances that still were scheduled as of early Wednesday.
Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio canceled appearances planned for later in the day due to a scheduled vote in Congress. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told supporters Tuesday night he would be returning home to assess his next move after bringing in only about 7.5 percent of the votes.
Find out where candidates will be and when — and how to keep up with coverage on social media — here.
The S.C. House will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday and the Senate will meet at 2 p.m.
Among scheduled Senate meetings is the Finance Committee with more roads talk — this time with senators receiving an overview of the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank and the Department of Transportation operations. The panel meets at 9 a.m.
The House Ways and Means Committee will meet an hour-and-a-half after the House adjourns Wednesday and discuss a number of bills, including a bill aiming to aid farmers who suffered at least a 40 percent loss of crops due to a natural disaster.
Headlines making news this morning:
Ethics committee orders former House Speaker Bobby Harrell to repay misused campaign funds, pay fine (The Post and Courier)
Sen. Marlon Kimpson introduces bill to remove Confederate flag from Citadel chapel (The Post and Courier)
S.C. attorney general files lawsuit against Department of Energy to finish MOX project (The Post and Courier)
Bill aiming to enhance fatal domestic violence data collection moves to House floor (The Post and Courier)
Panel advances proposal to forgive S.C. State $12 million bailout (The Post and Courier)
Hollywood turns out for Hillary (The Post and Courier)
Viewer’s Guide: What to watch on the day after New Hampshire (The Associated Press)
Moving On to South Carolina Primary, Where Veterans Are Many and Vocal (The New York Times)
Trump ready for ‘dirty tricks’ in South Carolina (POLITICO)
Graham, a Bush supporter, warns that Kasich will struggle in South Carolina (The Washington Post)
Carson leaves for SC before NH polls close (The Hill)
Bring Bible values back to politics, Graham tells Statehouse crowd (The State)
Winthrop forum brings Cruz, Carson to Rock Hill after Iowa fracas (The Herald)
Former President Bill Clinton to visit Florence on Saturday (Morning News)
Trump pulls off huge win, but Kasich will be the media darling (FOX News)
Clinton weighs staff shake-up after New Hampshire (POLITICO)
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