Bill Clinton is demonstrating a knack for picking up support in unlikely places. It showed up big during the Republican convention: Eight erstwhile GOP activists from the Republican redoubt of Orange County, Calif., endorsed the Democrat even while Clintonites in Little Rock were revealing a list of supporters among the nation's CEOs that went beyond the relatively small number of Democratic corporate chieftains. Now, the Clinton campaign is making a big push for similar announcements from other Republicans, business executives, and entrepreneurs from all over the country. One fertile territory: recession-torn Silicon Valley. Prominent venture capitalist Alan J. Patricof is helping to recruit high-tech support.

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