By the Numbers, Part 8

Tracking politics as it's practiced on the Web.
Sept. 29 2000 11:30 PM

By the Numbers, Part 8


Slate, the Industry Standard, and join forces to examine the effect of the Internet on Campaign 2000. 

With Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore in a dead heat just 39 days before Election Day, the presidential debates that begin next week are shaping up to play a major role in the tight race. Meanwhile, the clamor from third-party candidates excluded from the face-offs is growing louder. Here's how the story is unfolding online:


1. Number of online petitions to open up the debates to more than two candidates: 42. Greatest number of signatures gathered on a single online petition to open up the debates: 75,000, at

3. Number of people who have completed the Commission on Presidential Debates online pre-debate survey: 30,000

4. Number of Internet sponsors for the Commission on Presidential Debates Web site: 8

5. Value of in-kind contributions (software, hardware, staffing assistance) of Internet sponsors: between $6,000 and $1 million

6. Number of results in a search for "Gore" on the George W. Bush Web site: 250

7. Number of results in a search for "Bush" on Al Gore's Web site: 494

8. Number of links to George W. Bush's Web site from other sites: 7,010

9. Number of links to Al Gore's Web site from other sites: 4,950

10. Number of links to Ralph Nader's Web site from other sites: 1,810


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