Some of the premier journalists of the 2012 election cycle joined CNN Political Director Mark Preston for a Facebook Politics Live panel discussing the role that Facebook and other social media channels play in their coverage. The journos were part of a series of live-streamed interviews and discussions from the University of Denver’s DebateFest held before Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
With Election Day only 40 days away in a cycle that’s been dubbed the first “social” election, campaigns are working overtime to gain an advantage on Facebook in order to motivate supporters and get out the vote.
In the 24 hours since the video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser went public, Facebook and social media channels have lit up with feedback about the “47 percent” Romney seems to dismiss.
We recently profiled the race of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz in Texas, whose Facebook strategy helped earn him a win in that state’s primary last month. We thought we’d take a look at another grassroots campaign leveraging the social network, this one in Missouri’s large seventh congressional district, featuring political neophyte and Democratic challenger Jim Evans pitted against incumbent GOP Rep. Billy Long.
Facebook and social media played a pivotal role in the outcomes of several U.S. Senate primaries this summer. A new case study broke down just how the social network propelled one tea party candidate in Texas from a virtual unknown to a political insider.
Presidential politics dominated the buzz on Facebook over two weeks that featured political conventions, a major hurricane, the start of the National Football League season, and key events from the world of pop culture.
Last week, AllFacebook looked at the reaction on Facebook to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. As a follow-up, we tracked public posts on Facebook when President Barack Obama had his turn Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention.
The Republican National Convention audience wasn’t shy about turning to Facebook to share their views during Gov. Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech, but it was posts about Clint Eastwood’s curious address that quickly overwhelmed the site long after the last balloon dropped on the convention floor.
With the Republican National Convention officially beginning Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., the phalanx of politicos in town is taking to Facebook to share status updates from a range of activities, including fundraising events, delegation meet and greets, and speech preparations.
It’s all about engagement. That was the message from Katie Harbath, manager of policy for Facebook, in a briefing on social media and the 2012 campaign at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday.