Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Herman Cain Catches His Second Big Wave

Last night's Republican debate at Dartmouth in New Hampshire was televised on Bloomberg TV (what channel is that?) and so was seen by almost no one. And it's been almost three weeks since the last debate on September 22.

So how has that played out on Facebook? It was Ron Paul who picked up the most followers through the three September debates. But the last three weeks belong to Herman Cain, who racked up a commanding number of new followers.

CandidateFri 9/23 NoonWed 10/12 NoonPickup
Herman Cain181,117261,45480,337
Ron Paul519,151540,56221,411
Mitt Romney1,118,4441,130,15011,706
Gary Johnson135,559138,8253,266
Newt Gingrich148,855151,7672,912
Rick Perry 164,830167,0752,245
Jon Huntsman18,52720,0941,567
Rick Santorum28,44829,9061,458
Michele Bachmann461,806460,302-1,504

This is the second big move for Herman Cain. He more than doubled his followers last spring and early summer. He looks to be on track to do that again this fall, which would propel him across the Biden Line, currently at 305,850. No candidate can be taken completely seriously until they have more Facebook followers than Joe Biden.

Mitt Romney's tortoise-like campaign is still inching forward in first place. If building a slow and steady followership can win the race, Mitt may still be first across the goal line.

Gary Johnson wasn't even in latest the debate, so everyone below him on the list must be regarded as dead in the water. He's just barely treading water along with Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum. Michele Bachman, who swam out ahead of the pack earlier in the race has been leaking supporters since early September.

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