On Twitter, a curious spike for Romney
This graph from the Twitter Counter analytics tool shows a big spike in Romney followers from July 20-23.
July 24th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
2 years ago

On Twitter, a curious spike for Romney

(CNN) - Either Mitt Romney got really popular last weekend, or something funky was going on with his Twitter feed.

The Republican presidential nominee's account on the site, which had been gaining followers at a clip of about 3,000 to 4,000 a day, appears to have gained more than 116,000 followers Friday and another 24,000 on Saturday.

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  1. NameBill

    Romney & the GOP know how to manipulate polls and elections.

    July 24, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Most likely the mittens camp created a bunch of fake profiles. That or they've hacked into the twitter accounts of a bunch of Americans in order to falsely inflate his numbers.

    July 24, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. tellin it like it is

    america is waking up and wants something new, not the same old failed stuff.

    July 24, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Chung

    Big surprise. All he has is money and nothing else. Wow, buying tweeter accounts?
    Can't get more desperate than this.

    July 24, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Getoverit

    @NaneBill

    Romney & the GOP know how to
    manipulate polls and elections.
    --------------
    And Obama doesn't? Give me a break!

    July 24, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. rob

    The premis of this piece is that romney's campaign can't possibly have that much interest. Something must be wrong with these numbers. Perhaps that is true but maybe people are starting to tune in to the candidate out of frustration with the current condition of the country and the complete incompetance of President Obama to offer any real solutions.

    July 24, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. John, PA

    A spike in followers for Romney on Twitter, it goes with the spike in voter who support Romney. The American population / voters see the Democrats in Congress, president Obama, the Obama administration as a complete FAILURE. The Democrats / liberals didn’t see the 2010 Republican landslide win coming and Democrats / liberals don’t see the 2012 landslide Republican win coming.

    The 1984 Reagan v. Mondale election will look close compared to the landslide Republican win over Democrats in 2012.

    July 24, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. far too obvious

    a spike the day of the colorado shooting? people wanted to hear what the next president had to say about it.

    July 24, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Steve

    Maybe he picked up some of Newts fake followers.

    July 24, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. CanadaONE

    Mitt is a TWEET ------No he really is a nice guy and just wants the USA to be a Mormon State ______________ nothing wrong with that – just that when American Catholics Jews, Musliums, and other Christians die they will be bapatized as LDS – Yes Romney can baptized and can do it in the White House by tweeter.

    July 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. sara

    Who can trust anything with Willard or for that matter, the republican party. Forward, Mr. President.

    Obama 2012

    July 24, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    Fake patriotism blended with fake sincerity is the only thing the Romoney is offering. And the American people who vote know who he is. He will FAIL again.

    July 24, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. rob

    Chung

    "Big surprise. All he has is money and nothing else. Wow, buying tweeter accounts?
    Can't get more desperate than this"

    This is the reaction CNN wanted from this piece. The illinformed zombies ouit there who don't bother to read or think for themselves.

    I pray the country has enough intelligence to stop the bankrupting of the country from the Social Democratic experiment that has failed miserably.

    July 24, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    .......next, the Rmoney camp will start manipulating the polls.

    July 24, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    The seats GOPTees won in 2010 was a great way for people to see how bitter and weak the GOP and their narrow minded coonservative ideology is. The truth shall set all Americans free. Knowledge and facts are the GOP's biggest enemy, that's why they consantly demonize educated, intelligent, and experianced people.

    July 24, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this really important? Twitter is just a way of getting your point of view out there. It could also be those that are looking for flaws and misstatements that could be used against him. It would be like what Webb had with Allen and the "mcacaw" comment.

    July 24, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney is nothing more than a salesman. If you understand salesmen, the you understand Mitt Romney with all of his flip-flops, telling audiences what they want to hear, and of course, the ability to deny ever making one mistake in his entire life.

    July 24, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    What's so hard to figure out about this? The checks cleared. Some PAC created a turdload of new accounts to inflate his Twitter account follower numbers. It's not like this is rocket science. Mittens will now come out at some point claiming there's been a massive grassroots upsurge in support for him. Watch.

    July 24, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    One word: astroturf.

    July 24, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    just because you may choose to follow a person on TWITTER doens't not mean you actually support or even like them. So sorry to bust your bubble.

    July 24, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    Un-informed afraid & angry old people don't use twitter. So the question is how or who did Romoney buy to get the spike?

    July 24, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Chris, CA.

    Morris is expecting Romney to win all swing states....this is the first I have seen of such predictions.

    July 24, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Maybe everybody signing up as Romney goes overseas? Who knows? Are people actually watching and monitoring this sort of stuff? If so, maybe they need to get a real job or a life?

    July 24, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. CanadaONE

    I personally would not tweet him – he is likley to baptize me a Mormon without knowing it – no thanks Mitt I will choose my own faith

    July 24, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    I pray the country has enough intelligence to stop the bankrupting of the country from the Social Democratic experiment that has failed miserably.
    ---------------
    What policies have the Obama administration enacted that have caused this "failure" that you cite?
    1. Has the Obama administration raised taxes? No, he's actually cut them for the middle class.
    2. Has the Obama administration increased spending? Only by 1.4%, which is less than inflation.
    In other words, the Obama administration has pretty much been on the same economic path as the previous administration, except for the increased spending, of course. Bush increased it by at least 7% each year. Romney wants to do the same as Bush, massive defense increases combined with costly tax cuts.

    July 24, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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