Santorum Braces For Win In 2 States, Facebookers Rally

The remaining Republican presidential contenders are rallying Facebook supporters in four different states’ races happening this week.

Today, Colorado and Minnesota are holding caucuses while Missouri hosts a “beauty contest” primary, in which no delegates will be awarded. And Maine is holding a week-long caucus that concludes on Saturday.

Alas, a lull in the race appears in poll results: In Minnesota, 60 percent of voters polled by Facebook and Politico said they were not paying much attention to today’s Republican presidential caucus.

More relevant to us, a new study from the Pew Research Center reveals that only six percent of the public is following the campaign on Facebook. And only 25 percent are using the Internet to track the election, virtually unchanged from 2008.

That said, here’s a look at what the candidates are saying on Facebook.

Mitt Romney

Romney is now leading in both the delegate count and in Facebook fans among the Republican contenders, with a total of more than 1.4 million fans.

After his convincing win on Saturday in the Nevada caucus, he thanked the state on his Facebook wall, adding, “Our message of restoring America’s greatness continues to resonate through the west and across the country!”

Since then, he wished the New England Patriots luck in the Super Bowl, and the Romney team added a link on his wall to a petition that asks his supporters to protest a controversial health care ruling from the Obama Administration.

Romney also posted a message wishing the late former President Ronald Reagan a happy 101st birthday.

Rick Santorum

Santorum skipped Nevada and is focusing his attention on Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, which is evident in his Facebook posts.

Photos posted on the campaign’s Facebook page show large crowds at the senator’s Minnesota events that are meant to show his strength in the state.

He shared a link from a prominent conservative blogger at The Washington Post that calls him the “final, non-Romney viable” presidential candidate left in the race.

Santorum’s Facebook page also links to an endorsement from the conservative speaker Ed Morrissey.

His work could be paying off. The latest Public Policy Poll shows Santorum leading in both Minnesota and Missouri.

Newt Gingrich

In a passionate news conference Saturday night following a distant second place finish in Nevada, Gingrich vowed to take his campaign all the way to the convention in Tampa Bay.

He then posted a message on Facebook asking fans to click like on his status update if they want to repeal “Obamacare.”

His Facebook wall now includes an effective chart that demonstrates just how few delegates have been awarded so far in the nominating contests.

He urges his fans to click like if they want a “bold Reagan conservative” in the White House.

And he is using the Facebook share function to promote a graphic that calls President Obama a “job killer,” which has been shared more than 1,800 times.

Ron Paul

Paul is second to Romney in Facebook fans, counting more than 800,000, of them and has been rallying his supporters across Minnesota.

After finishing third in Nevada, Paul has been uploading photos from rallies around Minnesota, including a photo from a 700-person rally in Rochester, Minnesota.

Paul asked fans to sign up on Facebook to attend a rally that took place last night at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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