What Good Are Friends?

By Summers, Nick; Picon, Michael | Newsweek, November 1, 2010 | Go to article overview

What Good Are Friends?


Summers, Nick, Picon, Michael, Newsweek


Byline: Nick Summers and Michael Picon

When it comes to getting elected, they're not everything. Social networking is an important political tool (see @SenJohnMcCain's 1.7 million Twitter followers), but in the 2010 midterms it's just one of many factors--as Christine O'Donnell, who dominates on Facebook but trails in traditional polls, can attest. Here are a dozen more Senate races where the Like button tells only part of the story:

+1 Add as Friend

Christine O'Donnell (R), Delaware 25,809 Fans Real-world polls: 40%

Chris Coons (D), Delaware 9,523 Fans Real-world polls: 57%

Friends Barbara Boxer (D), California 39,141 fans Real-world polls 51%

Carly Fiorina (R) 18,300 fans Real-world polls 46%

Dan Coats (R), Indiana 4,422 fans Real-world polls 57%

Brad Ellsworth (D) 8,553 fans Real-world polls 40%

Ron Johnson (R), Wisconsin 27,347 fans Real-world polls 51%

Russ Feingold (D) 29,594 fans Real-world polls 46%

Joe Manchin (D), West Virginia 5,580 fans Real-world polls 49%

John Raese (R) 3,873 fans Real-world polls 49%

Dick Blumenthal (D), Connecticut 20,448 fans Real-world polls 55%

Linda McMahon (R) 19,467 fans Real-world polls 43%

Kelly Ayotte (R), New Hampshire 4,240 fans Real-world polls 53%

Paul Hodes (D) 3,627 fans Real-world polls 44%

Ken Buck (R), Colorado 6,916 fans Real-world polls 49%

Michael Bennet (D) 6,202 fans Real-world polls 48%

Mark Kirk (R), Illinois 16,556 fans Real-world polls 49%

Alexi Giannoulias (D) 15,654 fans Real-world polls 48%

John Boozman (R), Arkansas 12,453 fans Real-world polls 59%

Blanche Lincoln (D) 10,816 fans Real-world polls 38%

Roy Blunt (R), Missouri 21,329 fans Real-world polls 53%

Robin Carnahan (D) 18,067 fans Real-world polls 45%

Rob Portman (R), Ohio 23,860 fans Real-world polls 56%

Lee Fisher (D) 7,270 fans Real-world polls 41%

Pat Toomey (R), Pennsylvania 16,587 fans Real-world polls 51%

Joe Sestak (D) 10,643 fans Real-world polls 47%

Sources: Facebook data as of Oct. …

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