The 2008 Myspace Primary
Democratic Candidates Republican Candidates
Barack Obama 61663 Ron Paul 3718
Hillary Clinton 27981 Mitt Romney 2083
John Edwards 12256 Rudy Giuliani 1379
Dennis Kucinich 2627 Tom Tancredo 1158
Bill Richardson 1403 Sam Brownback 832
Joseph Biden 622 Mike Huckabee 629
Christopher Dodd 236

Monday, February 19, 2007

Candidates find both opportunity, minefield on Web

For candidates embracing the brave new world of online politics, the Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.

The 2008 presidential campaign is revving up earlier than ever, and candidates are using new online tools or techniques already used by advocacy groups and non-profits. They include popular social networking sites to organize, a growing reliance on high-profile bloggers and use of widely shared video -- such as the Webcasts of Democrats Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama announcing their campaigns.

``Web campaigning is becoming highly sophisticated, a central part of any candidate's plan to win,'' said Rick White, a former Republican congressman from the Seattle area and a consultant on tech issues.

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