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Twitter Tracking and Metrics

Rebuilding 2012twit.com for the General

April 20, 2012

When we first launched 2012twit early last year there were over 20 potential GOP candidates, and so we built a graph that could display real-time Twitter statistics for all of them at once. Now that the General Election has begun, we’ve flipped this graph to show just the horse-race between President Obama and Governor Romney. [...]

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Twitter Predicts Polls [VISUAL]

November 11, 2011

UPDATE Nov. 14: This story has been quoted in Mashable. Today’s CBS News poll is the top tweet and breaking story of the morning, with Herman Cain leading the 2012 GOP and Newt Gingrich gaining, tied for second with Mitt Romney. That’s no surprise to us at 140elect. Thanks to our Twitter tracking and metrics, [...]

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Buddy Roemer becoming the Twitter Candidate

November 1, 2011

Have you heard about Buddy Roemer? He’s been running for president since the first big spike in the graph below, announcing on July 21st. Also known as the $100 candidate, Roemer’s main issues are government corruption and campaign finance reform. Refusing PAC money and limiting donations to $100 per person have been major limiting factors [...]

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Herman Cain’s Sexual Harassment Scandal

October 31, 2011

UPDATE: This story has been quoted in the Washington Post. Last night POLITICO broke a sexual harassment story on Cain that’s set Twitter on fire: During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior [...]

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Twitter Analysis of the #CNNdebate

October 19, 2011

Tuesday’s CNN debate was the nastiest yet, with more anger and accusations between candidates than ever before. Whereas the 2012 GOP had managed to stay focused on President Obama this past summer, the latest debates have seen greater infighting over issues such as taxes, immigration, and health care. The cloud above shows the most frequent [...]

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The Fall of Rick Perry and Rise of Herman Cain

October 10, 2011

I’ve been following the 2012 Presidential race full-time since the beginning of 2011, and it has been fascinating to watch the Tea Party shift their support from candidate to candidate with each set of debates. The first GOP debate in South Carolina in early May launched Herman Cain into the limelight. The “Cain Train” lost [...]

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Most Mentioned #2012GOP for #CNNDebate

September 12, 2011

What do Twitter mentions mean in the context of a political campaign? In my experience, Twitter Mentions are leading indicators of a candidate’s position in the national polls over the following month. After the first #GOPDebate in South Carolina in early May, Businessman Herman Cain broke through to become the most mentioned candidate on Twitter [...]

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Evolution of “Bachmann’s husband is gay”

August 31, 2011

Candidate’s spouses don’t usually get much attention, but Michele Bachmann is an exception. Almost 7% of all tweets mentioning Bachmann also include the word ‘husband’, while only 0.07% of tweets about other 2012 GOP candidates mention ‘wife’. The amazing fact is that half of the tweets mentioning her husband also include the word ‘gay’. Since [...]

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Whose getting the most followers?

August 25, 2011

Rick Perry has been dominating the 2012 Election in August. His announcement was the most retweeted of any announcement by a GOP Candidate. In fact, with 1105 retweets, it was the most shared tweet by a GOP Candidate ever, at the time. This brought in a wave of new followers, which accounts for the first [...]

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Most Popular Tweets from #2012GOP

August 21, 2011

Here is a look at the most popular tweet from each of the GOP candidates for the 2012 election, judged by retweet count. Jon Huntsman – 4,482 retweets 104250677051654144 JonHuntsman Jon Huntsman To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy. Aug 18, 2011 1:57pm ReplyRetweetFavorite Rick Perry [...]

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Jon Huntsman’s very good day on Twitter

August 19, 2011

@JonHuntsman discovered the power of Twitter yesterday with this tweet: 104250677051654144 JonHuntsman Jon Huntsman To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy. Aug 18, 2011 1:57pm Reply Retweet Favorite This message set a new record for 2012 GOP tweeting by gaining 3,600 retweets, making it the most [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Rick Perry

August 18, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Rick Perry @rickperryfacts 4,259 RTs @BorowitzReport 4,115 RTs @billmaher 3,561 RTs @thinkprogress 2,939 RTs @JohnFugelsang 1,502 RTs @jimmyfallon 1,342 RTs @ebertchicago 1,008 RTs @TeamRickPerry 829 RTs @MotherJones 820 RTs @HuffingtonPost 773 RTs You can tell how far right Rick Perry is by how far left his most influential mentioners are. Perry’s [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Ron Paul

August 17, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Ron Paul @cyndeZu 1,947 RTs @lewrockwell 983 RTs @RonPaulNews 869 RTs @RonPaulFlix 701 RTs @DannyDeVito 629 RTs @AlecBaldwin 531 RTs @ebertchicago 512 RTs @RonPaul_2012 405 RTs @libertyideals 399 RTs @infowarsstories 381 RTs I expected Ron Paul’s top mentioners to be different from the other candidates, but this is really interesting. @DannyDevito [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Jon Huntsman

August 17, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Jon Huntsman @Jon2012HQ 298 RTs @politico 243 RTs @BreakingNews 210 RTs @Timodc 166 RTs @ezraklein 144 RTs @Reuters 131 RTs @michellemalkin 114 RTs @HuntsmanNH 112 RTs @POLITICO2012 109 RTs @EWErickson 101 RTs The list of top mentioners of @JonHuntsman is notable for the lack of actual supporters. The top 10 are [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Newt Gingrich

August 17, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Newt Gingrich @StephenAtHome 1,445 RTs @thinkprogress 780 RTs @TheDailyShow 475 RTs @BorowitzReport 362 RTs @Disalmanac 357 RTs @JoeMande 350 RTs @BreakingNews 317 RTs @JohnFugelsang 301 RTs @fivethirtyeight 301 RTs @newtgingrich 282 RTs Newt Gingrich is also one of the most retweeted mentioners of his own account, but in Gingrich’s case, he [...]

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Most retweeted mentioners of Michele Bachmann

August 17, 2011

Most Retweeted Mentioners of Michele Bachmann @BorowitzReport 4,271 RTs @ConanOBrien 3,263 RTs @SethMacFarlane 7,709 RTs @FrankConniff 2,087 RTs @RBReich 1,506 RTs @RollingStone 1,274 RTs @andersoncooper 1,247 RTs @JohnFugelsang 1,179 RTs @HuffingtonPost 1,154 RTs @ChicoDelainky 1,053 RTs Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) has earned his ranking as the most retweeted mentioner of Michele Bachmann by tweeting about her [...]

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Life of a tweet meme: The Bachmann-Elvis Gaffe

August 16, 2011

The most popular tweets at the top of our 2012twit.com site are a great way to watch a new meme when it first appears, and this afternoon it was filled with tweets about @MicheleBachmann wishing Elvis a happy birthday on the anniversary of his death. Our database tracks every tweet for every 2012 GOP candidate, [...]

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Buzz growing for Paul Ryan, Christie not so much

August 16, 2011

@Mentions of Chris Christie 2011-08-12 560 tweets 2011-08-13 417 tweets 2011-08-14 255 tweets 2011-08-15 308 tweets 2011-08-16 690 tweets @Mentions of Paul Ryan 2011-08-12 572 tweets 2011-08-13 414 tweets 2011-08-14 577 tweets 2011-08-15 239 tweets 2011-08-16 3,721 tweets The speculation about Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Chris Christie both deciding to run for President is [...]

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Who is mentioned with Rick Perry?

August 15, 2011

Politicians in Tweets About Perry Bachmann 490 tweets (8.4%) Obama 323 tweets (5.6%) Bush 181 tweets (3.1%) Romney 159 tweets (2.7%) The rate of tweeting about Rick Perry is still very high, with almost 6,000 @mentions between 9:00am and 12:00pm EST today. But they aren’t just talking about Perry in isolation. About 17% of tweets [...]

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Perry’s huge announcement bounce in followers

August 14, 2011

Followers Added Rick Perry 6,402 Newt Gingrich 3,476 Mitt Romney 1,663 Herman Cain 1,552 Jon Huntsman 1,548 Michele Bachmann 978 Ron Paul 855 Tim Pawlenty 823 The day of a presidential announcement is usually one of the best for picking up new followers. This rule held true for Rick Perry yesterday, as he gained the [...]

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