By The Numbers

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By The Numbers: Will You Be My Prez?
If social network sites give any indication of what party will win in 2008, the smart money's with the donkeys.

In the 2004 presidential race, the media, including Baseline'sDecember 2003 cover story, examined Howard Dean's use of the Internet as a game-changing campaign tool. As the 2008 race sprints forward, Democratic candidates are taking a page from Dean's book, but this time they're focusing on popular social networking sites to rally their true believers. On sites like MySpace, candidates are creating home pages filled with photos, videos, news releases and position papers-even, for some, links to buy their book(s). More than 18 months away from Election Day, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has more than 50,000 MySpace friends, according to TechPresident.com.

The grandest of the Grand Old Party contenders-in MySpace, at least-is little-known Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who checks in with just under 3,000 buddies.

1. Barack Obama 50,227
2. Hillary Clinton 25,339
3. John Edwards 11,983
1. Ron Paul 2,932
2. Mitt Romney 1,665
3. Tom Tancredo 1,071

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This article was originally published on 2012-05-08
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Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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