July 2019, US Presidency

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The first Democratic debates happened in June, and the candidate with the most growth in social media followers since then is… President Donald Trump. While President Trump no longer has even twice as many Twitter followers than all the other candidates combined, he is the only candidate with more than 10 million followers or page likes. Senator Harris has gained the most new page likes on Facebook, and Mr. Peter Yang has the most new Twitter followers.

The net number of Democratic candidates has actually increased, with former US Representative Joe Sestak announcing a run before Representative Eric Swalwell ended his campaign. At the time of dropping out, Rep. Swalwell had nearly 100,000 Twitter followers but was the fifth least popular candidate on Facebook. Mr. Tom Steyer, a billionaire from California, announced his candidacy for the Presidency after the first debate.

Of the 17 candidates that have been tracked since April (all Democratic), Mayor Pete Buttigieg had the highest average monthly growth on Facebook. Mayor Buttigieg is third place for average monthly growth on Facebook, behind Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

On Facebook, the only candidate with more than 100,000 new likes is Mayor Buttigieg. The only other contenders with more than 10,000 new likes are Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Harris and Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and Secretary Julian Castro.

In the mean time, Senator Bernie Sanders has gathered over 1 million new Twitter followers. The only candidates with more than 100,000 new followers are Mayor Buttigieg, Senators Harris and Warren, Vice President Biden, Secretary Castro, Rep. Gabbard, and Senator Cory Booker.

On Twitter, the roster of top five candidates has not changed since may, including President Trump, Senators Sanders and Booker, Vice President Biden, and Senator Harris. Senator Warren is now more popular than Mrs. Marianne Williamson in the bottom ten, while Rep. Beto O’Rourke leapfrogged Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to become the seventh most popular candidate on the platform, keeping Mayor Buttigieg at the #10 spot.

Similar to Twitter, the same roster of candidates hold the top five spots on Facebook since may, including President Trump, Senators Sanders and Warren, Vice President Biden, and Senator Booker. The bottom ten roster has changed, with Mayor Buttigieg’s growth allowing him to leapfrog from #12 to #9 over Rep. Gabbard, Rep. John Delaney, and Senator Gillibrand.

Similar to Twitter, the same roster of candidates hold the top five spots on Facebook since may, including President Trump, Senators Sanders and Warren, Vice President Biden, and Senator Booker. The bottom ten roster has changed, with Mayor Buttigieg’s growth allowing him to leapfrog from #12 to #9 over Rep. Gabbard, Rep. John Delaney, and Senator Gillibrand.

More candidates are likely to drop out over the next few months due to debate performances, while those contenders who impress at the debates should accrue more social media followers. Remember sure to like and follow your favored candidates online to help give them a boost!

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