Just a decade and a half after its public debut, the Internet has become an essential medium for American politics. Campaigning on the burgeoning computer network took a major step forward in 2004, with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's online bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Now, a crowded field of candidates in the 2008 presidential campaign is relying heavily on the Internet to connect with the nation's voters.
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton's long-anticipated entry into the 2008 Presidential campaign came not at a news conference or political rally, but in a brief, well-crafted video streamed to the nation and the world over the Internet.
|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|