(CNN) – If the number of Facebook fans a candidate has can be seen as a leading indicator to the outcome of a race, the Republicans are in for a big win tonight.
Republican candidates are beating Democratic candidates by a better than two-to-one margin in the number of Facebook fans as of Election Day.
Before the polls opened on Tuesday, Democrats in all the House, Senate and gubernatorial races had a total of 1,444,992 fans compared with the Republican's 3,459,799 Facebook fans. There were 51,130 fans for independent candidates running this year. These numbers are according to AllFacebook.com, a Web site that tracks 18 million Facebook pages.
"For Obama's campaign, their online efforts were clearly important," said Nick O'Neill, the editor of AllFacebook.com. "This time around it is impressive to see so many Republican fans because they were the party that were not so social media savvy in the previous election."
Republican Senator John McCain has the most fans, followed by Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Jan Brewer and then California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. In the House races, Michele Bachman's campaign Facebook page leads the pact.
"We're delighted to see such intense activity on Facebook from U.S. voters and candidates today," Randi Zuckerberg, Marketing Director for Facebook, told CNN in an e-mail. "Campaigns across the country are using Facebook to communicate authentically with voters as well as organize supporters in ways unimaginable a decade ago.
"Voters want to engage with candidates on Facebook - and tell their friends who they are supporting - in addition to learning about candidates through more traditional news sources," Zuckerberg added.