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.
|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|