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January 8, 2008

Albany - - It seems just about all of the presidential candidates are tapping into a new source of campaigning and people who use it say, it's working.

Social networking sites like myspace and facebook have member profiles with familiar names like Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee.

Barack Obama has nearly 206,000 supporters on Facebook. These sites are targeted towards young people, many of them in college. Some students at Albany State University say they understand and appreciate the online presidential push.  

"I think Obama and Hillary have done a good job tapping into the youth. I think for a lot of people, it's made a difference. I think it's a great marketing scheme. Think about all of the people in college. A lot of them don't vote. That's an excellent way to get people involved," says Blair Caffey.

Even YouTube is getting its share of campaign usage. There have been more than eight million views of Obama videos on YouTube.

Ron Paul's videos have gotten more than nine million hits.

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