Obama convention speech sets Twitter record

September 7, 2012
Democratic presidential candidate, US President Barack Obama waves on stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Democratic National Convention September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Obama's prime-time address broke a new Twitter record for political traffic

Barack Obama's prime-time address to the nation accepting the Democratic presidential nomination for 2012 broke a new Twitter record Thursday for political traffic, the site said.

"A new record political moment on Twitter: @barackobama drives 52,757 Tweets per minute. Over 9 million sent about #DNC2012," the micro-blogging site tweeted.

Obama earlier implored Americans to grant him a second term to complete his battered crusade for change, warning of the starkest election choice in a generation.

The race between the president and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor and multi-millionaire businessman Mitt Romney, is neck-and-neck with fewer than nine weeks to go until election day.

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