Republican Presidential candidates, by the numbers, on Twitter

Last week, I ran a blog entry which tracked how the 17 Republican candidates for President were doing in terms of Facebook likes.  As promised, here’s the same data, but with Twitter:

Name URL Followers Poll
Donald Trump https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump 3950000 23.5%
Marco Rubio https://twitter.com/marcorubio 828000 7.3%
Rand Paul https://twitter.com/RandPaul 674000 3.8%
Ben Carson https://twitter.com/RealBenCarson 526000 10.3%
Ted Cruz https://twitter.com/tedcruz 482000 7.3%
Carly Fiorina https://twitter.com/CarlyFiorina 467000 6.0%
Mike Huckabee https://twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee 396000 4.0%
Rick Perry https://twitter.com/GovernorPerry 315000 1.3%
Jeb Bush https://twitter.com/JebBush 279000 9.8%
Rick Santorum https://twitter.com/RickSantorum 241000 1.0%
Bobby Jindal https://twitter.com/BobbyJindal 211000 0.5%
Scott Walker https://twitter.com/ScottWalker 197000 7.3%
John Kasich https://twitter.com/JohnKasich 100000 4.5%
George Pataki https://twitter.com/GovernorPataki 46900
Chris Christie https://twitter.com/ChrisChristie 43600 3.5%
Lindsey Graham https://twitter.com/LindseyGrahamSC 24800 0.3%
Jim Gilmore https://twitter.com/gov_gilmore 1130

A few observations:

  • First, I’m sure you noticed the round numbers.  Exact numbers aren’t displayed on a Twitter page, so this is the best I was able to put together.
  • Like in the polls, Donald Trump is absolutely crushing his rivals.
  • It’s interesting to see the lack of correlation between Twitter followers and poll success in some cases.  Rand Paul is a great example.  This is probably more telling of the disconnect between passionate supporters on and the rest of the ideological spectrum.
  • Some of the cover photos used on the page were particularly terrible.  See Senator Graham and Governor Christie’s pages for great examples.  Awkward pictures or low resolution were the real issues.  You guys are running for President.  Take a nice picture.
  • Governor Jim Gilmore’s page is unverified and hasn’t been updated since August 22 (at least as I type this entry, which is 8/29).

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