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Topic - Brian Frederick
The place was packed. The sidewalk, too. On a recent evening, the patrons at Justin's Cafe looked like an extension of the crowd at nearby Nationals Park, where the surging Washington Nationals were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.
The airways are already flooded with ads by the campaigns themselves, leaving little room for outside groups to carve out a niche, said Brian Frederick, a political science professor at Bridgewater State University.
"If [outside groups] get involved in either side, it's not going to have much of an impact," Mr. Frederick said. "As a normal viewer, it would be virtually impossible to see any more ads in the Massachusetts Senate race. When you turn on the TV, literally every other ad is a campaign ad for one of the candidates."