Today is Super Tuesday, the day when the most delegates are up for grabs in a single 24-hour period throughout the race to become the Republican presidential nominee. For weeks, Americans have been talking about the candidates on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks.
So which candidates are seeing the most online buzz leading up to Tuesday's primaries and caucuses?
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Check out Google's graphic on the most-searched for candidate in each Super Tuesday state. Google also included the top searched-for issues in each state relevant to the elections:
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Social media analysis company Socialmatica has been tracking Super Tuesday social buzz for the past few weeks. According to its analysis, Mitt Romney has the most social influence in each Super Tuesday state except Georgia.
That exception makes sense, because son-of-the-south Newt Gingrich served as a congressman for the suburbs of Atlanta for 20 years. Socialmatica's tracker works by crawling the web and sorting data based on context, which "distills the noise," according to Joshua Barnes, director of social and technology at Socialmatica.
A different social media analysis company, Socialbakers, found that Romney is enjoying the most interaction on his Facebook page out of the four remaining Republican candidates. Socialbakers also found that Rick Santorum got a spike of Facebook attention leading up to and after his three wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.
For more analysis, check out Socialbakers's infographic below:
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This story originally published on Mashable here.
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