Laporte wins TechRepublic's mock election for 'President of the Internet'

Laporte wins TechRepublic's mock election for 'President of the Internet'

Summary: TechRepublic's mock election for "President of the Internet" has concluded and the winner with over 40% of the vote is veteran technology commentator Leo Laporte. See the full election results.

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TechRepublic's mock election for "President of the Internet" has concluded and the winner with over 40% of the vote, and a decisive victory margin of over nine percentage points, is veteran technology commentator Leo Laporte. Here are the official results:

  • Leo Laporte 40.7% (3773 votes)
  • Molly Wood 31.5% (2926 votes)
  • Mark Andreessen 23.8% (2212 votes)
  • Jason Calacanis 4.0% (369 votes)

Second place finisher Molly Wood closed a lot of ground in the final days of the election. At the mid-point of the election, she was a distant second, trailing Laporte by over 25 percentage points. However, her fans rallied to her support. One fan produced a campaign Web site for Molly and others produced YouTube videos showing their support. That enabled her to close Laporte's final victory margin to single digits (9.2%).

The leading vote-getter among the write-in candidates with 32 votes was Tim Berners-Lee, the MIT professor who is most often credited with founding the World Wide Web and remains one of the preeminent thought-leaders for both the Internet and the Web.

Of course, now the question is, "If Leo Laporte were actually elected President of the Internet, what would his cabinet look like?" Look for more on that issue over the next week.

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  • Of course Leo won!

    When I am fully immersed in the internet daily, and don't know two of the four you show as candidates, who else but the most known would win?

    I had to look up Molly Wood, and knew that I had heard of Calacanis, but was not sure where.

    As anywhere else, notoriety has benefits.

    Though I must say that, in my findings, Leo is one of the most even-handed reporters available. I'd venture to say he has no enemies, as he presents things very well and can articulate ideas from all vantage points.
    chrome_slinky@...
  • Leo is so full of it. Chirs Pirillo is better

    He got fire from TechTV because of Leo. I am so sick of Leo and his I know everything about tech attitude.

    If you really want to know tech and need help check out Chris Pirillo he has a 24 hour video stream where he help people with computer issues.

    Randalllind
  • RE: Laporte wins TechRepublic's mock election for 'President of the Internet'

    I didn't vote for Leo this time. But in reelection time, I'll vote for him. All his podcasts are the best, and Leo seems like the guy next door.
    jaimebarillas
  • RE: Laporte wins TechRepublic's mock election for 'President of the Internet'

    I didn't vote this time. But in reelection time, I'll sure vote for Leo. His podcasts are the best of all. Regarding his cabinet, John C. Dvorak as vice-president.
    jaimebarillas
  • I'd Accept This

    Leo, while part of the Apple fandom in my book, is probably about as down the center as you get in the tech industry much of the time.

    He talked to regular people every weekend on a radio show, produces an endless number of podcasts, has a presence in those who are tech savy and those who aren't (I have fam/friends who remember him from the TechTV days), and has actually been one of the first in many areas to make high quality programming over the internet.

    There may be others like him, but still, Leo would make a good president of the internet... as long as he didn't force us all to use Apple products.
    clindhartsen