AUSTIN – Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards stopped in Texas on Tuesday for a $15-a-plate fundraiser, acknowledging that the state’s primary is too late to spend significant resources campaigning here.

Texas lawmakers this year rejected a proposal to move the state’s primary election up to February 5, now known as Super-Duper Tuesday because of the high-impact slate of states that hold their elections that day.

“I think that the early states – Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina – are going to play the biggest role,” Edwards said. “I think that somebody will have a huge edge after February 5.”

The Texas primary will be the first Tuesday of March.

Still, hundreds of Austinites endured the uncomfortable heat for a plate of barbecue and a chance to listen to Edwards’ stump speech at an iconic political watering hole near the Capitol.

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