Hillary Clinton ratchets up the battle for black endorsements in Georgia

The Clinton camp unleashed a lengthy list of nearly three dozen black state legislators who endorsed her bid for the presidency in the runup to Georgia's March 1 primary. Some of them had already supported her campaign, but it was a show of force for a candidate who is relying on minority backing to halt Bernie Sanders' momentum.

“For me, supporting Hillary was not a hard decision. Her record and commitment is unmatched," said state Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Columbus Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House. "Make no mistake, no candidate, Democratic or Republican, is better prepared or positioned to serve our communities around the nation.”

Fort, who endorsed Sanders hours before he headlined a Morehouse College rally, said he expects a few more elected officials to join the Vermont senator's campaign over the next two weeks. His backers include state Rep. LaDawn Jones and Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry.

And here's the list of Georgia state lawmakers the Clinton campaign unveiled this morning:

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.