While the news outlets dissect who won the second presidential debate, we decided to crunch the numbers on who enjoyed the biggest Twitter momentum ahead of the debate. We take a look at two of the important swing states of Ohio and Iowa and found that Obama enjoyed a boost in mentions and positive words. Take a look:
Ohio before the debate
Ahead of the debate, the conversation on Twitter in Ohio was even greater than the first debate. There were 19,564 tweets in the 24 hours before the debate mentioning Romney and/or Obama., 12,086 of these tweets mentioned Obama and 10,100 mentioned Romney.
Interestingly, Obama flipped the pre-debate Twitter advantage. During the first debate, Romney had a 57% to 43% advantage in mentions. This time around, Obama had 54% of the mentions.
Of the active tweeters mentioning Obama or Romney, LCSentinelcom sent 154 tweets along with LCSpolitical while SportsSentinel sent 152 tweets. The most popular tweet was sent by @Tyrese and retweeted 714 times. Tyrese said:
President Obama can you pass a law to obligate fathers to spend more time with their kids.. ..?
Also popular was @LOLGOP‘s tweet, which was retweeted 347 times. LOLGOP said:
I firmly believe in the separation of Mitt Romney and state.
This word cloud shows the most popular words based on how frequently they were mentioned:
Iowa before the debate
Ahead of the debate, the conversation on Twitter in Iowa was slightly greater than the first debate. There were 5,516 tweets in the 24 hours before the debate mentioning Romney and/or Obama. 3443 of these tweets mentioned Obama and 2874 mentioned Romney.
The pre-debate conversation was similar to the first debate, with Obama having 54% of the mentions.
Of the active tweeters mentioning Obama and Romney, DirectorWebber sent 107 tweets while RyderAndrewJ sent 82 tweets and Plusonel sent 75 tweets. The most popular tweet was sent by @swilbert1 and retweeted 103 times. Swilbert1 said:
Could Mitt Romney clear this #Sensata situation up by showing his tax returns of the last 12 years? Or maybe that’s why he’s hiding them.
Also popular was the tweet from @Southern_Gents, which was retweeted 74 times. Southern_Gents said:
If I’m a college grad I don’t want a manufacturing job Obama. #Debate2012
This word cloud provides a visual look at the most popular words:
We’re crunching the numbers for a quantifiable look at who won the Twitter mention debate. Subscribe to our blog on the left hand side to be the first to know!