The Data Wars: Republicans Fight to Stay Ahead on Microtargeting

GOP Doubles Down in Voter Data Wars

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"It can start to add up, but it is pittance compared to advertising on television or advertising on other outlets," says Costas Panagopoulos, a political science professor at Fordham University. "Investing in micro targeting is incredibly inexpensive."

"Data Trust is going state-by-state now and enhancing the voter files with commercial files," says Chad Kolton, a spokesman for Data Trust. "It was very possible that we could have fallen behind if we didn't invest in the resources to keep this data current. That is what this effort is designed to do."

Both sides of the aisle hope these costly efforts pay off at the ballot box.

"We are going to be doing enough to be competitive with the Obama campaign," promises Kirstin Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the RNC. "We have to keep up with the changes, and we are."

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