A Tougher Cyber-Campaign Trail

Many candidates are finding that the Net can hurt as well as help their election drives. Still, innovation thrives

At the Presidential nominating conventions two years ago, cybernauts were everywhere, hawking their Web sites and declaring that the Internet would revolutionize political campaigns. Their message: The Net would provide a low-cost fund-raising vehicle as well give candidates a continuously updated database to target ever-narrower slivers of the electorate.

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