January 18th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP candidate dominates social networking in Massachusetts

Brown is dominating on the social networking sites.
Brown is dominating on the social networking sites.

(CNN) – On the eve of the Massachusetts special election Tuesday to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Republican candidate has dramatically more followers on social networks than the Democratic candidate.

As of Monday morning, Republican Scott Brown has 76,538 fans on his Facebook page. With polls opening in less than 24 hours, Democrat Martha Coakley has 14,441 fans.

On Twitter, Brown has 10,187 followers compared to Coakley's 3,514 followers. The total uploaded views for Brown's YouTube videos are 578,271 versus 51,173 for Coakley.

Last Friday, CNN asked the Coakley campaign why they were not running any Google ads, compared to the Brown campaign which has shown an aggressive strategy for advertising on the popular search engine. Campaign spokesperson Alex Zaroulis responded in an e-mail that they were focusing on social networks: "We are running an aggressive online campaign – from the blogosphere to e-mail to facebook and twitter."


Filed under: Martha Coakley • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Social Networking • Twitter
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  1. Liz

    Remember the Boston Massacre! Remember Lexington and Concord! Remember the Boston Tea Party! (the REAL one)Massachusetts gave birth to the United States, and if they elect the republican trying desperately to drag us back into the black pit of the Bush years, Massachusetts will kill it! We are just beginning to recover from the eight-year nightmare of republican mismanagement. What sane person would send us back there? Coakley's defeat will spell the end, not only of health care reform, but any progress toward containing climate change,which will mean the rest of the world goes down, too! The world is counting on the people of Massachusetts to vote wisely.

    January 18, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. joe m

    who would have thunk that this close of a race could even be possible in, of all places, MA? the talking heads on TV who continue to assert that this race is not a referendum on the president are doing their jobs well, but truth is that they are wrong. if this race was happening in any other place at any other time they may have a point, but this is not the case. this is in MA. this is for a seat that was held by a Kennedy. this comes at the heels of the escalating healthcare push. and independents are breaking hard for the republican, who previously voted for the president. this is a referendum.

    January 18, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    OK, lets look at the worst case scenario – Brown wins. We have a year and a half of the party of NO keeping the Senate from being able to do anything. This means that Joe Lieberman is now less than useless to Harry Reid and the Democrats. This will give him the excuse he needs to fire the self-serving mook from our state from his Chairmanship.

    January 18, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. KFK

    Do the people in MA really think with a break in the Senate the Republicans will get after the banks and get proper health care for the American people -NOT.

    January 18, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. buckwheat

    The Dems should be sending out job applications.

    January 18, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I wouldn't vote for Brown.

    I'm tired of Insurance companies dropping kids and older people because of pre-existing conditions. Maybe if his family had health problems he wouldn't be so quick to support insurance companies that raise rates all the time.

    January 18, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Massachusetts Conservative

    That last quote by the Coakley campaign spokesman highlights 2 things. How completely out of touch she is with the voters of the state. And how poorly her campaign has been run. Vote Scott Brown on January 19th!

    January 18, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    We are on the eve of change we can truly believe in..... and the beginning of the end of Obama-Reid-Pelosi absolute tyranny.

    January 18, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. New Yorker

    CLEARLY what is happening in this special election proves the the people do NOT want Obama's liberal agenda pushed through. The fact that Brown is doing this well in such a liberal state speaks volumes. I believe the only way the Democrat will win is if the polling sites are not watched very carefully or if the voter machines/computers are tampered with or malfunctioning (as was reported in New York's 23 district where a Democrat "won" for the first time in over 100 years}.

    January 18, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. New Yorker

    CLEARLY what is happening in this special election proves that the people do NOT want Obama's liberal agenda pushed through. The fact that Brown is doing this well in such a liberal state speaks volumes. I believe the only way the Democrat will win is if the polling sites are not watched very carefully or if the voter machines/computers are tampered with or malfunctioning (as was reported in New York's 23 district where a Democrat "won" for the first time in over 100 years}.

    January 18, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Chuck B

    OK..But how many of them are Massachusetts voters. The Democrats in MA enjoy a 3 to 1 advantage in registered voters.

    January 18, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Winston Dutchin

    The President serve just a few months in the congress then he runs for the Presidency,he received a salary for many months doing nothing for the position which he runs for,can I do that at my job?I don't think so.
    the corrupted Washington and the representative should be out in this coming election this including the Kennedy replacement.
    Congress and the Senate should be replaced with younger representatives and get rid of all those who sits their and don' their names since thy are suffering from Dementia.

    January 18, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Silence Dogoode

    Go Scott Go!

    January 18, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Ima wingnut

    Because of Obama, I lost my job October, 2008, just before the election. Because of Obama, I took up drugs and alcohol because he extended my unemployment benefits, and I did not need to work. I have now lost my health insurance, thanks to Obama.

    January 18, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Stu-SWFlorida

    IF this guys does get elected I hope he is the ONE REPUBLICAN that actually votes for the people... not for the party. I believe that would make him more of a true "elected official" and not just a puppet for the Party.
    The GOP already has plenty of them. It's time to end this "for the Party" attitude. America as the UNITED States is at stake here, not just for party control. Get it together, losers.

    January 18, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Ray

    There's a big difference. If you look at each candidate's Facebook page, most of Brown's "fans" are out of state, whereas most of Coakley's are from here in MA.

    Seriously, I had a hard time finding fans from MA on Brown's page. I am sure they are there, but you need to take into account the proportion of MA residents following each candidate, because if they're not in MA, they have no vote, and are therefore a bit less relevant.

    What is does show is national conservative interest in the race.

    January 18, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Brown has definitelyncaptured the centerfold crowd, which is something Coakley could not do.

    January 18, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. dude palin

    The party of morals...Yeah right..This guys bares it all and you support him..What a sad world !

    January 18, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. Don

    Fiddling around with your cellphone and actually geeting off your duff and voting are two different things. We'll see,

    January 18, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. virginia nielsen

    Would be a SHAME if another member of the party of "NO" would be elected !!! Please Democrats, don't let it happen !!! Unite and go vote tomorrow for Coakley and keep alive the reasons that we put the GOP out !!! Let's move foward not backwords !!! real conservatives don't have nude pictures in magazines, this guy is a perfect "dandi" ( french word for a person that's only good looking but no substance). Come on MA, vote Democrat !!!

    January 18, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Duck Fallas

    Brown has an advantage; he has nude pictures of himself all over the internet. Driving all Log Cabin Republicans crazy!

    Sarah Palin considers that porn, therefore Brown is a pornographer.

    January 18, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Mary

    It angers me how the Massachusets democrats fought so hard in the
    election to unseat the Republicans and now are going to just hand
    control right back over to them.

    GET OUT AND VOTE MA DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. George

    Please don't let the Republicans slither their way back in.

    Get out and VOTE.

    January 18, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. David

    What's wrong with Massachusset's Democrats?

    VOTE!

    January 18, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. stevegee

    Scott Brown is in touch with the true America - people who want freedom and liberty.

    Coakley is in lockstep with the liberals - all they want is to control your lives. They're marxists masquerading as Democrats.

    Go Scott go!

    January 18, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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