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Report: Republicans Won Social Media Battle During Midterm Elections

November's midterm elections saw the Republican party reassert its power in Washington, thanks to landslide victories at voting booths throughout the country. And, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center, the GOP did pretty well on Facebook, too. In the months leading up to the November elections, 22-percent of all online adults used social media to follow a particular campaign o...

CNN Election Set Flooded with iPads, Augmented Reality

Yesterday's midterm elections gave Americans an opportunity to get out and have their voices heard in Washington. For CNN, on the other hand, the election circus was just another opportunity to show off more of its unbelievably unnecessary graphics. In 2008, the network underwhelmed us with holographic teleportation and multitouch displays. The stars of last night's election coverage? iPads and a...

Political Candidates Reach Out to Voters With Text Messages

With mid-term elections rearing their ugly head this fall, Congressional incumbents and challengers alike are doing everything they can to squeeze every possible vote out of their constituents. This season, though, candidates have added an extra weapon to their campaign arsenal: text messages. Democratic Senatorial candidate Robin Carnahan, for example, has begun posting signs around Missouri,...

Track Midterm Elections With Google's 2010 U.S. Election Ratings

Google has made tracking the upcoming midterm elections a little easier with its 2010 U.S. Election Ratings map. The map breaks down rankings from outlets like Cook, Rothenberg, CQ-Roll Call, and RealClearPolitics (what, no Five Thirty Eight?) for senate, house and governor races in all their color-coded glory. Via the menus on the left, you can select your sources, and the races whose results yo...

'HackMan' Flash Game Used as Online Attack in Missouri Election Race

You've probably never heard of Russ Carnahan, the incumbent Democratic congressman from Missouri's third district. There isn't much about Carnahan that would elevate him to national prominence, except perhaps his latest attack ad against Republican challenger Ed Martin. Carnahan has turned to the world of casual Flash games to peg his opponent as unethical and a careless spender of tax payer doll...

Senator Chuck Grassley's Campaign Ad Lauds Mad Tweeting Skills

Whereas most political campaign ads tend to focus on a candidate's baby-holding or construction-hat-wearing capabilities, the latest spot for Senator Chuck Grassley's reelection campaign (after the break) emphasizes one of the Iowa Republican's more unique (and somewhat notorious) skills: his tweeting. The 76-year-old politician has garnered attention in recent months for his prolific use of th...

As Dems Seek 'Macaca' Vids and Whitman FAILs, We Want Politicians Off Our Memes

Since President Obama's campaign for the Oval Office began back in 2007, we've known that politicians have been made aware of this whole Internet thing, and have found that it can be a useful tool for spreading their truths, half-truths and lies. We've written recently about Obama's new iPhone app, and even how the septuagenarian Senator Ike Skelton has taken to the "Twitters" (Obama's coinage) in...

iPhone Apps: The Next Frontier for Political Campaigns

If we had to call it, 2008 was the year that politicians took to Facebook and Twitter. More ambitious, it seems, 2010 may turn out to be the year of the mobile app. In the lead up to the midterm elections, many candidates for office, even local ones, are releasing iPhone apps in order to reach potential voters. In 2008, then-Senator Obama saw great success with his iPhone app, which allowed s...

Aging Congressional Candidates Embrace Social Networking for Election Push

With mid-term election season fast approaching, members of Congress are scrambling to reach out to their constituencies, plaster their campaign slogans across TV sets, and hug as many babies as possible before November. And, as you'd expect, social networking is playing a central role in many a campaign -- even those run by the eldest of lawmakers. Missouri Democratic Representative Ike Skelto...