FRAMINGHAM (03/09/2000) - Among the presidential hopefuls in this week's Super Tuesday primaries, Republican front-runner Texas Gov. George W. Bush was the winner, at least in terms of Web site performance.
According to Internet benchmarking company Keynote Systems Inc. in San Mateo, Calif., Bush's Web site response averaged 1.69 seconds nationwide.
The Web site for top Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, who once tried to lay claim for developing the Internet, trailed with a 3.06-second response time. Vice President Gore's site was hindered by the heaviest home page in the contest, at 194KB. Bush had the leanest home page, at 44KB.
Keynote PCs at 66 Internet access points in 25 large metropolitan areas across the U.S. accessed each candidate's site every 15 minutes from midnight on March 6 until 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time March 7, a Keynote spokesman said.
A 1.37-second response time for Bush's Web site was fast enough to take the California competition. Gore's time of 3.3 seconds was less than half as fast -- but fast enough to win the New York race. In the Empire State, Gore brought it home with a sizzling .92-second response time.
The Web site for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came in a close third nationally, with a 3.94-second performance. Finishing out of the money in the national contest were former Ambassador Alan Keyes at 5.34 seconds and former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), with 7.2 seconds.
Gore's site delivered the goods with an Apache Server running on Linux. Bush's platform is supported by a Microsoft Internet Information Server running Windows NT 4.0. The other three candidates ran Sun Solaris operating systems and relied on Apache (Bradley and Keyes) and Netscape Enterprise Server (McCain).
Exodus Communications in Sterling, Va., hosted sites for Bush and Gore.
Shore.Net in Lynn, Mass., hosted Bradley's site. McCain went with US West Inc. in Minneapolis, and Keyes used SimpleNet, a Yahoo Inc. subsidiary in San Diego.