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Hillary's Top City for Number of Facebook Fans Is — Baghdad?

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The City of Baghdad. (Rasoul Ali/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 11:27 AM

It is not surprising to learn Hillary Clinton is popular in major metropolitan cities like New York and Chicago, but the former secretary of state is even more popular in Baghdad, according to Vocativ.

"Hillary Clinton's Facebook pages have an unexpected fan base. At least 7 percent of Clinton's Facebook fans list their hometown as Baghdad, way more than any other city in the world, including in the United States," the website reported after conducting an analysis of Facebook fan statistics.

In Baghdad, 66 percent of her female fans and 67 percent of her male fans are between the ages of 18 and 34, while a majority of her foreign "fans" are self-reported government employees, according to their analysis.

While it would seem individuals in cities on the respective coasts would be among her fans, the former New York senator enjoys greater popularity among residents of cities and towns in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

Conversely, her Facebook pages are more unpopular among younger users and only 8 percent of her "fans" are female.

Clinton, who used social media to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, has garnered more interest on Facebook than the Republicans who have announced their candidacies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the paper, which obtained data from Facebook, approximately 4.7 million users posted 10.1 million comments, likes, shares or posts related to her campaign launch, compared to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whose launch generated 1.9 million Facebook interactions.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fared better than Paul, with 2.1 million Facebook users generating 5.5 million interactions following his campaign announcement.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had not held his campaign kick-off at the time of the article.

While calculating a candidate's popularity on social media and extensively analyzing that data may seem to be a game engaged in by political geeks, social media metrics are now a staple for political campaign strategists.

"As our nation ramps up for 2016, the role of big data + social data in influencing election decisions cannot be ignored. Social data drove the 2008 presidential elections and big data drove the 2012 election.

"In 2016 it will be the marriage of the two that will determine the next President of the United States," reports Wired magazine.

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It is not surprising to learn Hillary Clinton is popular in major metropolitan cities like New York and Chicago, but the former secretary of state is even more popular in Baghdad, according to Vocativ.
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