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Fake followers in social media is newest ploy, accusation in politics

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- 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.

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It may seem trivial, but not to social networking junkies or campaigns mindful of the need to project a digital image of popularity and power.

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