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Published January 06, 2010, 02:49 PM

Internet Changing the Face of Campaigns

Social networking pages add a social element to the election process.

By: Jen Dame, WDAZ

While the announcement from Senator Byron Dorgans' office may have come as a shock to many, what wasn't a shock was the quick response on the internet.

It took only a matter of hours after the Senator made his announcement before someone decided to throw former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp into the ring with this Facebook page.

While the Heidi Heitkamp for US Senate 2010 page is her first, supporters of North Dakota Governor John Hoeven have had a website up for several months now and two more have been added.

"It adds a social element to your campaign. It gives people that you represent a chance to see who you are personally. It gives them a chance to interact with you on a whole other level," says South Dakota State Representative Dan Lederman.

Lederman says candidates learned a lot in the last Presidential campaign as far as social networking sites and the use of websites and they will be using them to reach voters.