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U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, endorsed fellow Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the 1st congressional race.
"The Colbert family has always been a strong advocate for all the people of South Carolina," Lewis said in a statement. "I have visited the First District and know they need a powerful voice in Washington; Elizabeth can be that voice. I know she will be a hard working and dedicated member of Congress who speaks up and speaks out for the people she serves. She has never been afraid to get in the way."
Colbert Busch noted Thursday that her late father, Dr. James W. Colbert, and Lewis shared the same views in working for S.C. residents when her father was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina.
"To have the endorsement of someone who is universally recognized for his courage and leadership is humbling," she said.
As a college student, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Tennessee. In 1961, he participated in the Freedom Rides, challenging segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South.