A dozen past and current S.C. Legislative Black Caucus chairmen have endorsed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner’s campaign said Thursday.
The endorsements reflect Clinton’s efforts to shore up support among black Democrats, an important voting block in South Carolina. Her challengers — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — are competing for African-American support, too.
The former secretary of state returns to South Carolina on Friday to speak at a Charleston NAACP banquet. On Saturday, she will meet with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and International Longshoremen in North Charleston.
Also on Thursday, Sanders announced support from 1,000 S.C. women — another demographic Clinton has been courting. Women supporting Sanders include Gloria Tinubu, the 2012 Democratic nominee for South Carolina’s 7th District in Congress.
Clinton’s backers include state Sen. John Matthews, D-Orangeburg, the longest-serving African American in the S.C. General Assembly and one of the caucus’ original members.
Other past and present chairmen of the caucus backing Clinton include: Rep. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, the caucus’ current chairman; Rep. John King, D-York, chair-elect of the caucus; former Rep. I.S. Leevy Johnson of Columbia; Rep. David Mack, D-Charleston; former Sen. Kay Patterson of Columbia; Sen. John Scott, D-Richland; and former state Sen. McKinley Washington of Edisto.