The Role of the Internet in Presidential Campaigns

  title={The Role of the Internet in Presidential Campaigns},
  author={Timothy D. Pollard and James W. Chesebro and David Paul Studinski},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={574 - 588}
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