Rep. James Clyburn to Endorse Hillary Clinton Friday

PHOTO:James Clyburn arrives in the U.S. Capitol with House Democratic Leaders to call on House Republicans to join in bipartisan budget negotiations, Sept. 8, 2015. PlayBill Clark/Getty Images
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Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, will endorse Hillary Clinton for president Friday in the Palmetto State, the Clinton campaign confirmed.

The endorsement from Clyburn comes as Clinton battles with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for support among minority voters before the Nevada Democratic caucuses Saturday and South Carolina's presidential primary Feb. 27.

Clyburn, the House assistant Democratic leader who’s among the most influential Democrats in his state, remained neutral in the 2008 presidential primary, and was expected to do the same this year until close friend and family urged him to make an endorsement.

The South Carolina Democrat's office did not return a request for comment on the endorsement.

He is expected to endorse Clinton at 11 a.m. Friday at Allen University in Columbia. Clinton will not be in attendance at the event.