YouTube hits don't equate to votes in campaigns

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The posting of politically catchy video ads on the Internet is a growing phenomenon around the country.

But already several candidates, like Dale Peterson in Alabama, have
found that gaining national attention going viral doesn't necessarily translate into votes.

Peterson, a GOP candidate for agriculture commissioner, was one of at least three Alabama candidates who gained widespread notice on YouTube and Internet sites for emotionally charged right-wing ads - then lost in the primaries.

Peterson said the ad brought him out of obscurity and helped.

But campaign experts say many who click on the ads live out of state, are too young to vote, or were just amusing themselves.

The experts also say Alabama has been a kind of experiment zone for Internet ads because so many have became sensations that drew wide notice - and criticism.

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