Romney Takes to Twitter to Thank Supporters

Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 04:22 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Former GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter on Saturday to thank his supporters just four days after President Barack Obama’s decisive victory earned him another four years in the White House.

“From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, & vote,” tweeted the former Massachusetts governor under the account @MittRomney.

Romney’s first tweet since Tuesday’s election also came hours after Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes, narrowly avoiding an automatic recount that would have been eerily reminiscent of the Bush-Gore contest 12 years earlier.

“We are forever grateful to every one of you,” Romney added.

Saturday’s Twitter communication was in stark contrast to the nine tweets Romney sent out on Election Day urging voters to carry him and running mate Paul Ryan to victory.

According to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project released on Election Day, social media like Twitter has become a “significant part of the process” for voters to talk about their voting choices, particularly in the case of younger voters.

“Twenty-two percent of registered voters have let others know how they voted on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter,” according to the findings. “Social media platforms have also become a notable venue for people to try to convince their friends to vote.”

The study found that 30 percent of registered voters were encouraged to vote for Obama or Romney by family and friends via posts on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Twenty percent of registered voters have encouraged others to vote by posting on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter,” according to telephone interviews of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States.

The website Mashable reported on Saturday that Romney has been rapidly losing followers on Facebook since he conceded the election — more than 55,025 or about 847 per hour have unliked him.

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