COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has easily won a 14th term representing South Carolina’s 6th District.
Clyburn on Tuesday defeated Republican Laura Sterling in the majority-minority district that stretches from the center of the state toward its southern coast.
Clyburn is South Carolina’s longest-serving congressman and its sole congressional Democrat.
Clyburn broke with his own tradition this year, endorsing Hillary Clinton before South Carolina’s Democratic primary in February. At the time, Clyburn said he felt it was the right time to break with the Democratic National Committee because his endorsement wasn’t going to keep Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from campaigning in the state.
Traditionally, Clyburn said the Democratic National Committee asked him to stay neutral since the state started its primary in 2004, in order to keep the races competitive for all candidates.