Do Online Ads Influence Vote Choice?

  title={Do Online Ads Influence Vote Choice?},
  author={Anselm Hager},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={376 - 393}
  • Anselm Hager
  • Published 9 January 2019
  • Economics
  • Political Communication
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