9. Erick Erickson
In 2009, Erickson’s RedState blog became a key resource for conservative Republicans. Some of them, such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), gave the site exclusive news. Others penned red-meat blog posts. And some traveled to a national conference held in Erickson’s home state of Georgia, where he introduced bloggers to up-and-coming conservatives running for office in 2010. Georgia has competitive Republican primaries set for 2010 where the influence of Erickson and RedState might be even more deeply felt.