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Daily Digest: 6/4/07

BY Joshua Levy | Monday, June 4 2007

The Web on the Candidates

  • Last night saw the second Democratic debate, and along with the online commentary came the online polls. The DailyKos poll, with almost 12,000 responses, has John Edwards in first with 27% of the vote and Barack Obama in second with 23%; Hillary Clinton is the only other candidate in the double-digits, with 17%. MyDD's poll got far fewer (166) responses, but the results were similar: Edwards led with 42%, Obama followed with 40%, and Clinton came in third with 19%. No other candidates broke into double-digits. These are the results of the lefty blogosphere; an MSNBC poll that garnered close to 10,000 responses found Obama in the lead in positive categories like "Who stood out from the pack," "Who showed the most leadership qualities," and "Who was the most convincing candidate." Clinton did win two important poll questions: "Who had the most rehearsed answers" and "Who avoided the questions."
  • The Googleplex may be becoming the new town hall for presidentials, writes Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle. Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, and Bill Richardson have already stopped by Mountain View for some quality time with Google. Bob Boorstin, a Google exec and ex-speechwriter for Bill Clinton, says "it's a symptom of the Information Age. You used to go to General Motors. Now you go to Google."

The Candidates on the Web

  • Dean Barker at Blue Hampshire thinks that "Chris Dodd's campaign has figured out how to use the internet effectively, and the others haven't. He's got the only team in place that seems to have advanced the Howard Dean campaigning-via-internet revolution of 2003-4." This is largely because, rather than rely on his own web site to get the message out, he's taking to the rest of the web. "Suddenly, people who are not on a candidate's website are learning about Chris Dodd, and getting a clear picture of where he stands," Barker writes. Dodd is also pioneering the use of live video streams: according to, with almost 10,000 views, Dodd's live-streaming of his New Hampshire debate war room yesterday was the second-most streamed event in Internet history, trailing the MTV Video Music Awards. And check out Dodd's Talk Clock, which uses Pez dispenser-like graphs to show which candidates were awarded the most talking time during last night's debate. Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama spoke the most, and "second tier" candidates Joe Biden, Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson all hover around the, um, second tier.

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