South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn backs Obama

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 2, 2008 7:37pm EDT

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) discusses the House Democrats 100 Hours Agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington January 10, 2007. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) discusses the House Democrats 100 Hours Agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington January 10, 2007.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is endorsing Barack Obama for president, his office said on Monday.

Clyburn, the highest-ranking black member of Congress and a delegate to the August nominating convention, plans a formal endorsement of the Illinois senator on Tuesday and is urging the state's other uncommitted delegates to rally around Obama.

Obama won the South Carolina nominating contest in a landslide in January, and is edging closer to clinching the Democratic presidential nomination after a hard-fought battle with rival Hillary Clinton.

(To read more about the U.S. political campaign, visit Reuters "Tales from the Trail: 2008" online at blogs.reuters.com/trail08/)

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