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Donald Trump Is Dominating The Social Media Primary

Donald Trump has more followers on Twitter and Facebook than his GOP competition.
Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 18, 2015

We're still seven months away from the Iowa caucuses, but the competition among the candidates for your Facebook likes and Twitter faves has already begun.

That's because with 15 different Republican candidates trying to win people over, much like high school, your numbers on Twitter and Facebook have become a way to measure popularity.

"This also means a very direct way of reaching potential voters out there; I mean there’s no filter," said a CBS reporter about how social media affected the presidential race. 

"That's the real appeal, yeah," said CNET's Dan Ackerman.

"Because in the past you'd have this gaggle of reporters, things would kind of be filtered, for lack of a better word," said the CBS reporter. 

"Well that's what Twitter is, it basically, it makes anyone a broadcaster," said Ackerman.

Of course, there's one candidate who broadcasts better than the rest: Donald Trump. As of mid-July, Trump had 3.28 million Twitter followers and over 26,000 tweets — each one seemingly more provocative than the last. (Video via Donald Trump)

By comparison, his closest GOP competitor, Sen. Marco Rubio, had over 760,000 followers, followed by Rand Paul at nearly 650,000 — which is still a lot more than Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, who have 230,000 and 160,000 respectively.

And looking through their tweets, it's not hard to see why Trump is on top: He's angry, aggressive, direct and humorous — using Twitter as a weapon to attack the media and mock people he just doesn't like.

Compare that to, say, Walker, who uses his social media to share pictures of him dancing — or whatever you call that.

And when it comes to Facebook, from July 1 to July 7, Trump led the GOP with millions more likes and interactions than any other candidate — Republican or Democrat.

In one sense, it's not surprising. Unlike his competition, Trump has been a celebrity for decades and is a salesman by trade. (Video via Chicago Tribune)

On the other hand, Trump is the most famous Republican in the country, and that must worry a GOP trying to broaden its appeal.

"And they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists," said Trump in his presidential announcement speech regarding immigration. 

The good news for the other candidates is Facebook likes don't necessarily translate into votes, and a lot can happen between now and February.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Corrections: A previous version of this video omitted Rand Paul's Facebook likes, misrepresented the number of Carly Fiorina's likes and misinterpreted Facebook data as all-time totals, rather than data from one week.