Peter Clerkin was curious.
Clerkin, former campaign director of the Hayhurst for Congress campaign, created “Draft Hayhurst,” a group on Facebook.com that urged voters to encourage City Councilman Tom Hayhurst, D-4th District, to run for mayor.
Hayhurst ran unsuccessfully for the 3rd District congressional seat in November.
Clerkin, 26, said the group was not a serious attempt to persuade Hayhurst to run for office, but was an experiment to gauge the effectiveness of a political group on Facebook, a social-networking site best known for connecting college students. The group was only up one day, but attracted about 80 members before Clerkin was informed Hayhurst had no intention of running and took down the group. Still, he said he will most likely include a group in the campaign strategy of the next candidate he works for.
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|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|