With only 581 days left until Election Day 2010, Republican federal candidates are quickly getting organized for the effort. Three campaigns launched websites in the past 24 hours – Justin Bernier, who is running for Congress in the 5th District against Chris Murphy, and U.S. Senate candidates State Sen. Sam Caligiuri and former Rep. Rob Simmons.
Justin Bernier – www.bernierforcongress.org – A clean looking site that includes far more substantive information on issues and policy than is fashionable in most campaigns these days, which tend to be far more risk-averse.
State Sen. Sam Caligiuri – www.samforussenate.com – Genghis already commented on this one, saying that it is evocative of Obama and indicative of a prepared campaign. It looks like the start of an excellent site.
Former Rep. Rob Simmons – www.joinrobsimmons.com – Much like Caligiuri, the site seems to be a starting point, rather than a finished product, but still it is up and it looks good.
With SO much time left until Election Day, the sites really serve as collection agencies for the campaigns – a permanent opportunity to gather e-mail addresses and financial contributions into the campaign’s basket.
Nonetheless, the Obama for President campaign raised the bar for political websites last year, and it will be exciting to watch and see what the future holds for each of these sites. What innovations will they come up with? How will they replicate the best parts of the Obama phenomenon on the Web? It is too early to tell.