The Trail

“Most Followed”: Follower Growth by Debate

After each Democratic primary debate, who grew their followers the most?

For some candidates, exciting or unexpected debate performances can drive online follower counts. We took a look at how the debates have played out online through follower growth.

Of the remaining candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has seen the most follower growth of any Democratic candidate following each of the seven debates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was a steady second.

Since he began qualifying for debates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has replaced Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in third place when it comes to follower growth rankings, as she has not qualified for recent debates.

Perhaps most surprising is former Vice President Joe Biden’s low rankings, which do not reflect his high polling performance.

Could follower growth rankings signify waxing or waning enthusiasm for certain candidates? With 1,357 delegates at stake tomorrow, we’ll soon find out.