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

President Donald Trump touts Rep. Claudia Tenney at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica.
President Donald Trump touts Rep. Claudia Tenney at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica.
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President Donald Trump touts Rep. Claudia Tenney at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica.

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

Republicans ride the Trump wave on social media, but it only proved successful for one candidate in September.
August 7, 2018

The eyes of the nation are on New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, where two of the state’s most competitive congressional races could sway the balance of power in the House.

As the pair of races grow more contentious with each passing day, we’ve partnered with Global Strategy Group to analyze one major area where elections are increasingly being decided: social media.

When it comes to overall mentions on social media, incumbent Rep. Claudia Tenney has stayed ahead of Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the 22nd District by almost 4,500 mentions in September. In the 19th, meanwhile, Antonio Delgado is trouncing incumbent Rep. John Faso by over 11,100 mentions, more than doubling Faso’s number.

Delgado is also the clear winner when it comes to follower growth, having gained over 1,000 new followers this month.

The Democrats each had the most retweeted remarks last month. Both tweets shared a remarkable similar theme, attacking their opponents’ records on trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Health care is a major concern for voters in both districts.

And just like last month, Tenney – who has been trying to tie her candidacy to President Donald Trump, due to his popularity in her district – had the most mentions of the president last month, clocking in at three.

Make sure to check out the full breakdown below, and keep scrolling for the previous months’ analyses.


September 2018

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August 2018

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

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