Rep. Elijah Cummings endorsed Hillary Clinton on Sunday, a boost to the Democratic presidential primary’s front-runner ahead of Maryland’s nominating contest in two weeks.
Cummings, a popular congressman who represents part of Baltimore, appeared with Clinton at a rally on Sunday in Charm City to formally unveil his support.
At the rally, Cummings ticked off a list of the former secretary of State’s accomplishments, including voicing support for voting-rights in the South and expanding health care coverage for low-income children.
“We know Hillary,” Cummings said.
Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has said he was not planning to announce his support for Clinton until the committee completed its probe into the 2012 deaths in Libya. But he added he wanted to weigh in before the April 26 primary.
Clinton has lost seven of the last eight states to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but retains a sizable lead in delegates as the primary heads toward an April 19 showdown in New York.
Clinton is expected to perform well in Maryland, according to polls, which show her with a significant advantage over Sanders before the primary.