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Ron Paul Winning Primary...on Twitter

With the dust settling from two states' primaries -- Iowa and New Hampshire -- and candidates looking forward to South Carolina, presidential hopeful Ron Paul has yet to officially win one. Or does he? According to Tech Crunch, if Twitter had it's own ongoing primary, Paul is in the lead.

You may remember the important role Twitter and other social media venues played in President Barack Obama's campaign, and with that in mind, a company specializing in social media analytics has figured out which Republican GOP candidates have the most positive feedback in the Twittersphere.

Tech Crunch states that from Jan. 6 through the end of the New Hampshire primary, Paul was the most actively discussed candidate on Twitter but not by much. Paul held 26 percent of the conversation while Mitt Romney weighed in at 22 percent. Of those percentages, 14 percent comprised positive tweets about Paul and 9 percent were positive for Romney.

The day after the primary, Paul was only beating Romney by one percentage point and only had two percentage points more positive conversation.

One the flip side though, analytics reveal that Romney has more "likes" and is more actively discussed in a positive manner on Facebook, according to Tech Crunch.

A longer term review of tweets from May 2011 through Nov. 2011 by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism revealed that Paul was winning during that time as well. Politico reported that during that period, 55 percent of tweets about @RepRonPaul were positive. Romney on the other hand had a 40 percent negative reception, while 19 percent of tweets were considered positive.

According to Pew's study, Obama beat all the GOP candidates in terms of twitter conversation volume with about 15 million mentions on Twitter, but 51 percent of these tweets were negative.

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