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First POST: Message Machines

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, August 20 2012

The "Lame" campaign

  • According to one new analysis of campaign coverage, three surrogates for the two presidential campaigns are quoted far more than any others. More disturbingly for media observers, the fourth "most quoted" source this year is the anonymous campaign statement or unnamed official. Who are those three? And what does the lack of accountability mean for the election cycle? techPresident has more.

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Watching the needle move

  • In an interview released Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful and current congressman Todd Akin said in the case of "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down —" driving a flurry of conversation online. Nate Silver tweeted, "Is it possible to win a Senate race with 0% of the women's vote? Asking for a friend." Democrats also began promoting a petition asking him to be removed from the House Science committee. Akin posted a response on Facebook and Twitter.

Romney campaign touts a VP bump

  • The Romney campaign released a memo Friday detailing how the week following Paul Ryan's selection had played out online. Among the details: Over 124,800 online donations had raised $10,157,947, with an average donation of $81, and 68 percent were new donors. The Romney campaign had received site traffic of 2,000,000 visitors in that week with 1,560,000 hits from desktops and 440,000 from mobile devices. The Romney Facebook page received an additional 500,000 likes for a total of 4,360,000, and the Romney Twitter account received 54,000 followers for a total of 861,000. The Paul Ryan VP Facebook and Twitter accounts gained 860,000 and 118,500 likes and followers respectively. The campaign also said that over 45,000 volunteers signed up online.

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