It’s a truism of social media: Being on TV helps you get more Twitter followers.
So it’s not surprise that most of the 10 candidates in the primetime Republican debate on Fox News added 5,000 to 6,000 Twitter followers. But three candidates stood out on this decidedly informal metric.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson added 24,000 followers, nearly five times the typical amount, going from 397,000 Thursday morning to 423,000 around midnight. But as someone who’s never run for elected office and does not have as much name recognition, that’s perhaps not surprising.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also did well, adding 11,000 followers, or more than double the typical amount, going from 775,000 to 787,000.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all added between 4,000 and 6,000 followers.
But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie underperformed, adding only 2,000 followers, going from 543,000 to 545,000.