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Singles at CPAC invited to join conservative dating service

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

Lonely at CPAC? There's a booth for that.

For the first time this year, RedStateDate.com is offering a deal to CPAC attendees to join their premium service at a 15 percent discount with the code "CPAC."

The dating site, which launched along with counterpart BlueStateDate.com in October 2012, matches users on a three-part questionnaire based solely on political views (overall, economics and social). It also offers a daily straw poll and forums for discussing the news. It's free to create a profile and browse photos.

The site -- tagline "Find your running-mate" -- is particularly popular in the D.C. area, which accounts for 15 to 20 percent of the user base, according to CEO Alexander Fondrier. The conservative version of the site is far more active than the Blue State version, with about 5,000 users compared with 1,000.

Fondrier said the site idea dates back to his college days when he struggled to find someone with a similar "passion for politics."

"Online dating is so big, there's like a site for everything out there. What about for politics?" he said. "More and more studies are coming out showing that in terms of criteria of what people are seeking in a significant other, politics is right up there with religion."

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