The Twitter run-off in North Carolina
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
With the NC U.S. Senate Democratic primary runoff one month away, candidates Cal Cunningham (@calfornc) and Elaine Marshall (@elaine4nc) are deadlocked in recent polls.
Is the race that close? With many pundits predicting low voter turnout, this election could very well be decided by the candidates’ social media clout.
Using Twiangulate, our tool for analyzing twitter friends and followers, we’ve looked at how the candidates stack up.
With 983 followers, Marshall is 28 followers ahead of Cunningham, who has 955 followers.
But Marshall, seasoned NC political insider, seems to have an edge in among influential followers, who include @KatrinaNation, the publisher and editor of The Nation magazine, prominent Durham-based LGBT blogger @Pam_Spaulding, Mother Jones reporter @SuzyKhimm and Politico reporter @davecatanese.
Cunningham, the fresh-faced JD and Iraq War vet, has a few interesting (and potentially influential) followers of his own. Prominent New York gay progressive blog @thejoshuablog follows Cunningham who is seen as the more conservative candidate.
It is no secret that Cunningham has the support of Democratic leaders in Washington and two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffers, @ArjunJaikumar and @jasonrosenbaumare, among his biggest followers.
Both candidates have notable followers in common — NPR Political Editor @kenrudin, NC Public Radio reporter @LauraLeslie and former NC U.S. Senate candidate @JNealNC.
To see the full list of the two candidates’ most influential followers, check out this Gdoc.
And here are Cunningham and Marshall‘s most influential followers broken out in more detail. (Influential is defined by Twiangulate to be tweeps who are followed by at least 1.5 times more people than they follow and who follow fewer than 11k people.)
And, for fun, here’s a list of the people they both follow in common.