Via Hillary Hub, we learn this morning that Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights hero, has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Lewis's endorsement is a sign of vitality within the African American political establishment. It's a boost to Sen. Clinton in an important February 5 state with a disproportionately high number of African American voters, and no doubt will be interpreted by the press as a sleight of Barack Obama, who did indeed court Mr. Lewis for an endorsement. (That's unusual: Obama has made a show of not particularly caring about endorsements, but some he wants, and this one he wanted.)

Obama and Clinton both traveled to Selma, AL to commemorate the civil rights march there 42 years ago, a march in which Mr. Lewis participated and was beaten by police. He was the head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee at the time. 05selma_2.190.jpg

Earlier this year, Obama's campaign was confident that it would receive Mr. Lewis's endorsement.

“I have looked at all the candidates, and I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to lead this country at a time when we are in desperate need of strong leadership,” Lewis said in a statement. “She will restore a greater sense of community in America, and reclaim our standing in the world.”

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