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Which candidate is leading the race? The web performance race, that is.

If presidential elections were based on web performance, we’d likely be inaugurating a new president in a few months. With just over one month until the culmination of the 2012 presidential race, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the websites of both candidates and political parties to see which is performing best for the people.

After one month of web performance monitoring, during which we used a real browser to test availability and response times, Mitt Romney is the clear front-runner. His election site, MittRomney.com, has delivered the fastest average response time: 2.47 seconds. In contrast, the incumbent’s site delivered a 4.65 second average response time.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: MittRomney.com is fastest political website.

There are four weeks and three presidential debates left until election time, and you can be sure we’ll keep an eye on these sites to see how they measure up with the overall results.

Website performance was measured every 30 minutes during the month of September from Apica’s U.S. West Coast monitoring agent location.

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Sven Hammar is Co-Founder and CEO of Apica. In 2005, he had the vision of starting a new SaaS company focused on application testing and performance. Today, that concept is Apica, the third IT company I’ve helped found in my career.

Before Apica, he co-founded and launched Celo Commuication, a security company built around PKI (e-ID) solutions. He served as CEO for three years and helped grow the company from five people to 85 people in two years. Right before co-founding Apica, he served as the Vice President of Marketing Bank and Finance at the security company Gemplus (GEMP).

Sven received his masters of science in industrial economics from the Institute of Technology (LitH) at Linköping University. When not working, you can find Sven golfing, working out, or with family and friends.