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In reversal, SC’s Clyburn re-embracing embattled candidate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – In spite of having called on him to withdraw following the revelation of decades-old domestic violence, South Carolina’s lone congressional Democrat is now embracing Archie Parnell’s candidacy again.

Parnell’s campaign tells The Associated Press that U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn will join the 5th District nominee for a fish fry in Sumter the night before the Nov. 6 general election.

Earlier this year, Parnell admitted he had assaulted his ex-wife more than 40 years ago. He weathered calls to withdraw from the race to challenge U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, and handily won the Democratic primary.

Clyburn’s backing leaves Mary Geren, the only female Democrat running for Congress in the state, as South Carolina’s only House hopeful to say she would in no way support Parnell’s candidacy.

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