No Democrat has been elected to state-wide office in Texas since 1994. And yet, there are glimmers of hope for Democrat Beto O’Rourke who is challenging Republican Ted Cruz for his US Senate Seat in the Lone Star State. Heather K. Evans writes that surprisingly for a candidate challenging an incumbent, O’Rourke has released no attack ads or critical […]
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 […]
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”
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. […]
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 […]
In Congressional elections, candidates use Twitter to help their campaigns, including ‘going negative’.
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 […]