Who’s trending in New York’s top congressional races?

Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado
Courtesy Antonio Delgado for Congress

Who’s trending in New York’s top congressional races?

The Democrats are leading the incumbent Republicans – at least on Twitter.
August 7, 2018

All eyes are on November’s congressional races as Democrats fight to gain control of the House. Here in New York, two races in particular, in the 19th and 22nd districts, have been making headlines. In both cases, the Democratic challengers appear to winning the social media game.

To assess the social media buzz generated by each of the contenders for the House posts, City & State is partnering with Global Strategy Group to provide analysis based on Twitter metrics such as the most mentions, the increase in followers and the most retweeted tweets.

And in July, 19th Congressional District candidate Antonio Delgado was the clear winner, receiving nearly twice as many Twitter mentions as incumbent Rep. John Faso and increased his follower count by 1,328 – 14 times Faso’s increase in the same month.

In the 22nd District, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi performed more modestly against his incumbent GOP opponent, Rep. Claudia Tenney, in July. Brindisi slightly outpaced her in mentions and gained more followers, growing his Twitter lead over Tenney to nearly 2,000 followers.

Delgado’s and Brindisi’s most popular tweets outperformed their opponents’ as well. In both cases, the Democrats were introducing their campaign videos, and the Republicans were attacking Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Somewhat surprisingly, President Donald Trump has not made much of an appearance in either race so far, receiving only one mention per race.


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Social media trends for New York congressional district 19 and 22
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Social media trends for New York congressional district 19 and 22

Correction: The number of Brindisi’s total followers was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

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