THE SCRAMBLE for votes in Mayo’s five-seat constituency reached the new media last week with both Fianna Fail’s Frank Chambers and Fine Gael’s John O’Mahony posting messages on the video-sharing website YouTube.
YouTube, although only two years old, has rapidly become the number one destination for television on the Internet. It’s estimated that viewers watch 100 million videos on the site every day and anybody can supply material to appear on the site.
Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama launched their US presidential campaigns on YouTube so Frank Chambers decided that he could do the same. Chambers is the oldest candidate in the constituency. He believes that posting a clip on YouTube will help him keep in touch with the youth of Co Mayo and from his kitchen in Newport, he makes his message.
|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|