San­ders is Big Win­ner in De­bate on So­cial Me­dia Again

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Charleston, S.C.

For the fourth de­bate in a row, U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders was the clear win­ner, ac­cord­ing to a fo­cus group, Twit­ter, Face­book, Google searches, on­line polls, and money raised. Twenty-seven out of 30 un­de­cided South Carolini­ans who par­tic­i­pated in a dial test fo­cus group felt San­ders was the win­ner of the Charleston de­bate. “San­ders wins SC in blowout,” Chris Kofi­nis of Park Street Strate­gies, who ran the sur­vey, tweeted. “He is con­nect­ing with many of the African Amer­i­can vot­ers in this group.”

San­ders was the most searched can­di­date on Google, the top can­di­date dis­cussed on Twit­ter and Face­book, and picked up the most fol­low­ers on Twit­ter. No­tably, Gov­er­nor O’Mal­ley gained more Twit­ter fol­low­ers Sun­day night than Sec­re­tary Hil­lary Clin­ton.

San­ders won the on­line TIME Mag­a­zine poll with 87 per­cent of the vote and won an on­line Univi­sion poll with 68 per­cent of the vote.

The Wash­ing­ton Post's Chris Cillizza said San­ders was a win­ner in the de­bate be­cause "he was the prime mover in vir­tu­ally ev­ery dis­cus­sion from Wall Street re­form to health care to cli­mate change. He was on of­fense, ac­cus­ing ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton of half-mea­sures and political cau­tion at a mo­ment when bold­ness is re­quired."

As the de­bate closed, the cam­paign was rak­ing in 3.2 con­tri­bu­tions per se­cond. San­ders raised one mil­lion dol­lars Sun­day from more than 36,000 con­tri­bu­tions.

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