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Short Take: Does the Web push votes?

The seat for California's 42nd congressional district may have been decided with the help of a Web presence, or lack thereof, said the California Voter Foundation. Less than 1,200 votes separate Incumbent Democrat George Brown and his opponent, Linda Wilde, and absentee votes are still being tallied. Wilde's Web site had over 13,000 visitors, and Brown chose not to have a Web site. "Not every voter is logging onto the Internet, but in tight races?a Web presence may have given the winning candidate the edge they needed," said the foundation's director.

The seat for California's 42nd congressional district may have been decided with the help of a Web presence, or lack thereof, said the California Voter Foundation. Less than 1,200 votes separate Incumbent Democrat George Brown and his opponent, Linda Wilde, and absentee votes are still being tallied. Wilde's Web site had over 13,000 visitors, and Brown chose not to have a Web site. "Not every voter is logging onto the Internet, but in tight races?a Web presence may have given the winning candidate the edge they needed," said the foundation's director.