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SEIU Narrows Choice To Top Three Democrats

3091278Leaders from the Service Employees International Union confirmed in a conference call today that they have narrowed down their presidential endorsement choices to the top three Democratic candidates: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards, reports CBS News' Aaron Lewis.

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and SEIU President Andy Stern said union leaders will convene on Monday in Chicago to hear final presentations from staffers of each of the three campaigns. SEIU's Assistant Director of Communications Stephanie Mueller says no deadline has been set to announce the official endorsement.

The meetings in Chicago will come exactly one week after the SEIU Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Clinton, Obama, and Edwards were invited to speak at the conference on issues affecting working families, along with Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson. The event, which 1,500 SEIU members attended, concluded with an informal straw poll where members could vote for their preferred candidate.

The backing of SEIU and its 1.9 million members would mark the most important endorsement yet from an organized labor group.

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