Candidates with more Facebook fans won 70 percent of racesNovember 3, 2010 in Technology / Internet
Candidates with a greater number of Facebook fans than their opponents won more than 70 percent of races for the US Congress, according to figures released on Wednesday.
Facebook said that in 98 of Tuesday's most hotly contested House races, 74 percent of the candidates with the most Facebook fans won.
Sixty-nine candidates for the House with the most Facebook fans won while 24 candidates with the most Facebook fans lost, the Palo Alto, California-based social network said in a statement.
Five House races are still too close to call.
In the Senate, 82 percent of the 34 Senate races that have been decided were won by the candidate with more Facebook fans.
Twenty-eight Senate candidates with the most Facebook fans won while six candidates with the most Facebook fans lost. Three races are undecided.
According to the blog AllFacebook.com, which has compiled figures from across the country, Republican candidates outpolled Democrats on Facebook in the races for the Senate, House of Representatives and state governor.
Overall, the Facebook pages of Republican candidates attracted 3.48 million fans while Democratic candidates drew 1.45 million, according to AllFacebook.com, which is independent of the social network.
Republican candidates for the Senate, House or governor occupied eight of the top 10 slots when it comes to Facebook fans.
Bill White, a Democrat running for governor of Texas, had the most fans of any Democrat -- 153,391 -- but lost his race.
The only other Democrat to crack the top 10 -- California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown with 98,573 -- won his race, beating former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and her 207,818 Facebook fans.
Republicans, led by the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement, picked up at least 60 seats in the House in Tuesday's election in the one of the chamber's largest political swings of the past century. Republicans also snatched six seats in the Senate.
(c) 2010 AFP
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