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Presidential hopefuls flock to the Net. That will change politics

When Steve Forbes launched his second bid for the White House over the Internet on Mar. 16, grizzled pols snickered that the publishing magnate's gambit was nothing but high-tech gimmickry. Wait until they see what's next. Forbes plans to use the Net to raise funds, recruit volunteers, run ads on popular Web sites, and hold online chats. "We're not just posting a Web page, we're launching a huge communications network for current and prospective Forbes supporters," declares Rick Segal, Forbes' Web master.

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