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

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Politicians are casting the Net to catch votes

Rusty McGuire joined the race for Hanover County commonwealth's attorney and then logged on to his computer.

By the time he signed off at the end of that weekend, the 36-year-old prosecutor, who specializes in computer crimes, had turned out a Web site and several networking site profiles.

He now lists more MySpace friends -- 1,330 as of yesterday -- than Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani, 1,082.

Online campaigning has surged on the national level in recent years and is poised to be a major force in the 2007 local and state elections. In Virginia, candidates are uploading pictures and scanning networking sites as bloggers field requests from hopefuls wanting a higher profile online.

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