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    Donald Trump’s election tweets point to the policy areas he may focus on as president

Donald Trump’s election tweets point to the policy areas he may focus on as president

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Ever since Donald Trump won the election, academics, commentators and pundits have been trying to determine which policy issues his presidential administration will address. Heather Evans, Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly write that what Trump has been tweeting about may provide some indication of his policy heading. Analyzing rump’s tweets for the past five months, they comment that revisions […]

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    On Twitter, Donald Trump has been paying little lip service to issues important to women.

On Twitter, Donald Trump has been paying little lip service to issues important to women.

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Throughout the presidential election campaign Heather Evans, Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly have collected and coded tweets from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In their latest analysis, and in light of the release of the ‘Trump tapes’ this weekend, they find that Trump is largely ignoring ‘female issues’ while Clinton has talked about them significantly more often.

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    Clinton sends tweets about voting and registration while Trump asks people to come out and “join him”

Clinton sends tweets about voting and registration while Trump asks people to come out and “join him”

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In a presidential election as close as the current one, the result may be heavily influenced by how each party can mobilize its supporters to register and to vote. As part of their ongoing analysis of how the candidates communicate on Twitter, Heather Evans, Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly have collected and coded tweets concerning mobilization and civic engagement. […]

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    Campaign Twitter update: Trump ignores the issues as Clinton continues to out tweet him

Campaign Twitter update: Trump ignores the issues as Clinton continues to out tweet him

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Heather Evans, Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly have been tracking how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump use Twitter in this year’s presidential election campaign. In their latest update, they find that over the last two months, Clinton has not only out-tweeted Trump, but has also discussed the issues, including issues that affect women disproportionately as a group, to a […]

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    Hillary Clinton is tweeting more than Donald Trump and attacks him more often than he does her.

Hillary Clinton is tweeting more than Donald Trump and attacks him more often than he does her.

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One of the major battlegrounds of the 2016 presidential election is Twitter, with both candidates slugging it out using 140 characters or fewer. Heather Evans, Kayla Brown, and Tiffany Wimberly have been studying both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s tweets. They find that, in line with findings from previous studies on how women candidates tweet, in June Clinton out […]

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    Competitive elections are good democracy, creating more engaged voters over a longer period of time

Competitive elections are good democracy, creating more engaged voters over a longer period of time

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The closer the election, the better for democracy. At least, that is the conclusion of research carried out by Heather Evans. She finds that a close election, and all of the resulting attention that ensues, makes voters more politically engaged, a change which continues into the next election cycle. She additionally argues that this insight should be part of […]

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    In Congressional elections, candidates use Twitter to help their campaigns, including ‘going negative’.

In Congressional elections, candidates use Twitter to help their campaigns, including ‘going negative’.

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Much has been made of the role of social media in Barack Obama’s presidential election victories in 2008 and 2012, but what has been its impact on Congressional campaigns? In a study of more than 67,000 tweets from candidates for the House of Representatives during the 2012 election, Heather Evans finds that incumbents, Democrats, women, and those in competitive […]

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