Thompson Gets the Hits

Thompson Gets the Hits

Hitwise announced that Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson's website,, was the most visited website among all presidential candidates for the week ending September 8, 2007. Thompson received 34 percent of US visits amongst all the presidential candidate websites for that week.

Top Visited Presidential Candidate Websites((Weekly US Market Share of Visits for the week ending 09/08/2007)




Market Share %


Fred Thompson



Barack Obama



Ron Paul



Hillary Clinton



John Edwards


Source: Hitwise, September 2007

The data is based on a custom category of websites for only those presidential candidates that have officially announced their candidacy ranked by US market share of visits, from a sample of 10 million US Internet users.

Visitors to Fred Thompson's site were primarily Male (65.56 percent) and older (40.28 percent being 55 or older) during the four weeks ending September 8, 2007. Of all traffic to, 10.86 percent of it came from Tennessee online users.

 The traffic from select Web 2.0 websites including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, increased 205 percent to all the candidate websites in August 2007 compared to January 2007. Republican Ron Paul received the most traffic from Web 2.0 websites followed by Democrat candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

 "The online focus of the last presidential election was all about blogs and their effectiveness in communicating with potential voters," said Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Hitwise. "In the 2008 Presidential election, the Internet's role is changing from a one way communication channel to a two-way conversation enabled by social networking."

 Other stats on presidential candidate's websites can be found on Hitwise Election 2008 data.

 And, for the full list of candidates please visit here.

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