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Social Media and the 2018 Midterms: An Analysis of House Candidates' Twitter Posts

Jacob R. Ausubel, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Social Sciences

Dept/Program: Political Science

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): John Lapinski

Date of this Version: 26 March 2019

 

Abstract

To date, relatively few academic studies have analyzed congressional candidates’ use of social media in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. This paper contributes to the literature by conducting a textual analysis of 697 House candidates’ Twitter posts from between January 1st and November 6th 2018. The study focuses on seven key issues – the economy, gun policy, healthcare, immigration, Russia, the Supreme Court, and the Trump presidency – and assesses whether there was a fundamental difference in how Democratic and Republican candidates approached each one. The paper argues that there were partisan differences in social media use and presents two potential explanations: political polarization and how each political party was confronted with unique challenges.

Discipline(s)

Political Science

Suggested Citation

Ausubel, Jacob R., "Social Media and the 2018 Midterms: An Analysis of House Candidates' Twitter Posts" 26 March 2019. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania, https://repository.upenn.edu/curej/229.

Date Posted: 17 May 2019

 

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