A study of tweets indicates Rahm Emanuel (D- Old Ravenswood) has dominated the political discussion since joining the race to become Chicago’s next mayor.
A social media study commissioned by the Bulldog on Viral Heat says there were 90,891 tweets in the past six days about Emanuel. That is probably more than all the other Illinois politicians tracked by The Bulldog combined.
Emanuel was mentioned, according to the study on 7,171 sites, including news and blog sites, in the past six days.
The studies, some of which were commissioned by The Bulldog, show Emanuel clearly leading the civil discussion regarding the replacement for Richard Daley. The Bulldog commissioned its study on Viral Heat. Further information was found on Twendz, which is using the race as a demonstartion of its social media tracking abilities.
That study of the past 29 days shows Emanuel’s dramatic exit from the White House Chief of Staff position as a spike in social media activity on Sept 30 and Oct 1. In a one week period centered on Oct 1 there were 10,284 mentions of Chicago and mayoral, according to Twendz.
Finally, if there can be any doubt about Emanuel’s dominance of social media discussion, it may be put to rest with a search for his Twitter site.
A recent news report claimed there were 20 such sites on Twitter. Beware, some of the sites are intended for mature stomachs. Neither Emanuel’s website nor his Facebook Page (28,705 friends) lists the official Twitter site.
In the Illinois race for governor, the Republican challenger Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and Jason Plummer (R-Edwardsville) are leading Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn (D-Chicago) and candidate Sheila Simon (D-Carbondale). The Bulldog has studied the race for social media for several weeks.
Republican challenger Bill Brady maintains a 22.5 percent lead in Facebook followers, 18,045 to 14,733. The deficit for Brady was 517 to 9,492 on Sept 18, the date The Bulldog first began measuring the candidates social media. Since that time, The Bulldog has located additional pages supporting Brady.
In another study of Brady and Quinn by Viral Heat Brady received 634 social mentions in the past 6 days. Quinn received 435 mentions over the same period.
On Sept 18 Brady held a lead of 1,632 to 996 (63.9 percent) followers for Quinn. Twitter followers of the Lt. Governors were not measured.
Rich Whitney (G-Carbondale) was measured at 351 Twitter followers in Sept and 379 today. Scott Lee Cohen (I- Chicago: DePaul) had no known Twitter presence in Sept, today he has 1,164 followers. Libertarian candidate Lex Green (Libertarian- Bloomington) has 69 Twitter followers.
Reaching deeper into the ballot Forrest Claypool (I-Graceland West) maintains a lead in Twitter followers 306 to 41 for Joe Berrios (D-Cragin); and no presence for Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall (R-Evanston) and Robert Grota (G-Logan Square).
Claypool also has a lead of 1,678 Facebook friends and followers over Berrios (975), Stobeck-Eckersall (153) and Grota (no presence). Berrios social media stock is rising fast, however. In Sept he had just 399 Facebook friends and 39 Twitter followers.