Former Attorney General Eric Holder is backing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for president and will campaign for her in an upcoming trip to South Carolina.
Clinton’s campaign announced the endorsement in a statement to The Associated Press.
His backing is crucial, as Clinton tries to maintain her advantage over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders among black voters.
Holder was the nation’s first black attorney general and remains a close ally of President Barack Obama.
Holder says Clinton would continue Obama’s legacy. He also cites her “bold plans to address police brutality” and “fight for common sense … gun laws.”
Polls show that both those issues are of vital concern to black voters.