WASHINGTON - The Internet has emerged as a key battleground in the nascent 2008 presidential contest, earning a place alongside hotspots like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.
Call it the MySpace Primary.
Democratic and Republican candidates are pouring more resources than ever into reaching voters, organizing supporters and raising money online, transforming the way presidential campaigns are waged.
"We're entering a different era of political communication, and no one is an expert at it yet. The velocity of change is extraordinary," said Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network, a group that teaches candidates to harness the Web. "Everyone is experimenting online, because we don't know yet what will work."
|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|