By Tom Quiner


Dr. Ben Carson won the debate on Twitter last night.

Look at the chart above. He picked up twice as many followers as his nearest competitor, Marco Rubio, despite a less impressive (in my opinion) performance than most of the other candidates.

According to Facebook, more people were talking about Dr. Carson during the debate than any other candidate. Here is their ranking based on the number of Facebook mentions during the debate:

1) Ben Carson
2) Donald Trump
3) Rand Paul
4) Ted Cruz
5) Carly Fiorina

Here are the number of Facebook followers each candidate has:

Carson: 4,742,973

Trump: 4,201,144

Paul: 2,072,004

Huckabee: 1,855,424

Cruz: 1,553,891

Rubio: 1,101,870

Fiorina: 514,990

Bush: 294,233

Jindal: 285,236

Santorum: 267,741

Kasich: 151,050

Christie: 133,313

Here’s the significance: Barack Obama leveraged social media to win two hotly contested elections.

Dr. Carson and Donald Trump are also enjoying social media success. That’s why their candidacies seem to have legs. (To put the numbers above in perspective, President Obama has 45 million followers today.)

I keep waiting for each of them to implode.

They don’t.

Their popularity on social media reveals the clout the new media has, and the declining clout of the MSM.

I still think their numbers will decline. But when?



  1. Dennis Wagoner on November 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I think Trump is more likely to implode sooner than Carson simply because Carson comes across as presidential. Trump uses a lot of emotion where Carson always seems calm, decisive and under control. But they do use social media very well.

    • Oliver on November 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Unfortunately, it appears that loud and emotional is what America wants. Otherwise we wouldn’t have this karaoke banana-zombie-cycle mega mashathon of a presidential race where Donald Trump rules the world and Carly Fiorina takes up near the rear. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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