02. 05. 2008
Super Tuesday:Follow along with Politweets
It’s Super Tuesday! The day when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions at which each party's presidential candidates are officially nominated.
Super Tuesday is highly significant this year, because of each party’s tight race (though Romney's last chance is in CA). And, the pollsters have yet to get it right (as demonstrated by the upsets in outcomes of the Iowa, New Hampshire, & Michigan) primaries. More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar. So today 24 states will hold primaries or caucuses, with 52 percent of all pledged Democratic Party delegates and 41 percent of the total Republican Party delegates at stake.
I’m sure you’ll be watching the news and checking an array of websites if you’re a political junkie. If you’re savvy you won’t be swayed by the misuse of the polls by the media, but because you’re an informed person, you might as well have some fun throughout the day, which is where Politweets comes in. Built on the Twitter API, Politweets tracks the conversation going on between everyone in the “twitterverse” about the Presidential candidates and the primaries.
When you visit the site you’ll notice the candidates stacked top to bottom in the middle of the screen, while the most recent public Tweets about Democratic candidates are to the left and the conversation about the Republicans to the right. The order of the candidates (in the middle) changes depending on how much each candidate is being talked about. In spite of the Hillary v. Obama and McCain v. Romney chatter, there’s no shortage of conversation about online hero to the people Ron Paul.