John Edwards' hard line anti-war stance helped him beat out Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson for the financial and political support of an influential group of donors and elected officials in San Francisco last week.
All four of the candidates made the trip to San Francisco to pitch members of the "salon," as the politically progressive group calls itself. In the winner-take-all system, the candidate who won the majority of the votes would enjoy the entire group's endorsement.
The group consists of key fund-raisers for John Kerry in 2004, including Jeffrey Soukup, the former president and COO of PlanetOut Inc., and his longtime partner Jeff Anderson, who is also a leader in the LGBT political and business community.
(Calls to Soukup and Anderson were not immediately returned.)
"They had all the candidaites come to visit them," said David Mixner, an Edwards supporter and fund-raiser, who had knowledge of the group's voting.
"Richardson and Hillary got very low totals and were dropped out before the second round. Edwards ended up winning the endorsement."
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