Sunday, January 16, 2011

Republican 2012 Hopefuls Need More Friends

The power of incumbency extends to Facebook, where Barack Obama has a wide lead in the number of friends over the field of Republican hopefuls gearing up for the 2012 election. Some of these listed may be more in the category of wishfuls, wistfuls, or wastefuls.

CandidateFacebook FriendsMutual Friends
Barack Obama17,822,15210
Sarah Palin2,606,5863
Mitt Romney751,3910
Mike Huckabee522,0792
Ron Paul283,1300
Joe Biden271,9711
Michele Bachmann150,4670
Donald Trump146,8660
Jim DeMint127,1770
Bobby Jindal121,9770
Newt Gingrich100,4890
John Thune74,7540
Tim Pawlenty69,9850
Rick Perry51,4550
Paul Ryan50,9080
Mike Pence45,9230
Herman Cain42,2890
Mitch Daniels39,4130
Mike Bloomberg29,8621
Chris Christie29,3880
Haley Barbour16,8540
Rick Santorum12,2110
John Bolton5,1700
Jeb Bush4,8410
Rudy Giuliani1,8910
Fred Karger6810
Jon Greenspon5810

The fun part of this list: if you are on Facebook too, you can visit these Facebook pages and see if you have any mutual friends.

Note: a Zogby poll suggests that a friendship gap is not everything.

Update 1/21/2011: Add Michele Bachman.

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