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Clyburn to Make Long-Awaited Endorsement of Obama

Pictured at the Library of Congress in Washington in this Jan. 18, 2006, file photo, Sen. Barack Obama, far left, expects to receive the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn, far right, tomorrow. (Associated Press)

By Jonathan Weisman
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest ranking African American in Congress, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday, as he pushed undeclared Democratic lawmakers to come off the fence and end the nomination fight.

Clyburn's pick comes as no surprise: His daughter has been working for the Illinois senator for months, and he has repeatedly castigated both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former President Bill Clinton for statements he has said have demeaned black voters and marginalized the first African American contender in a major party nomination fight.

But he is the first member of the senior House leadership to endorse. And his announcement tomorrow coincides with his personal push to get the final 73 House members and senators who have not chosen a side to make their intentions clear.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 2, 2008; 5:27 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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