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Facebook and the Candidates: See who’s liked, talked about more, and trending

Facebook and the Candidates: See who’s liked, talked about more, and trending

The 2016 presidential election is just a few short weeks away. Early voting has already begun in many states but the actual election date is Tuesday, November 8.

Social media is playing a bigger role is this year's election than ever before. People were able to ask the candidates questions for the second debate by submitting them through social media. Speaking of social media, can you guess which candidate is being talked about the most?

It doesn't matter which candidate people are supporting, people just can't seem to stop talking about them. The candidates themselves have even taken to social media this year to promote their own ideas and campaigns.

This election cycle, the "USA Today" teamed up with Facebook to map conversations about the presidential candidates. They looked at all Facebook activity including comments, likes, mentions and shares for each candidate every week. Here is a look at who's trending:

USA Today/Facebook candidate barometer

Donald Trump led the way with overall Facebook activity for the week ending October, 9. He had a total of 253,106,000 comments, likes, shares and posts. Here's a breakdown of the age groups in the conversation:

  • 18-24 = 14 percent
  • 25-34 = 23.3 percent
  • 35-44 = 20 percent
  • 45-54 = 17.9 percent
  • 55-64 = 14 percent
  • 65+ = 10.8 percent

The second most discussed candidate was Hillary Clinton. She had a total of 152,319,000 comments, likes, shares and posts. Here's a breakdown of the age groups in the conversations:

  • 18-24 = 11.6 percent
  • 25-34 = 21.1 percent
  • 35-44 = 19.8 percent
  • 45-54 = 19.3 percent
  • 55-64 = 15.7 percent
  • 65+ =  12.5 percent

Coming in third was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. He had a total of 6,982,000 comments, likes, shares and posts. Here's a breakdown of the age groups in the conversations:

  • 18-24 = 13.5 percent
  • 25-34 = 27.8 percent
  • 35-44 = 21.4 percent
  • 45-54 = 16 percent
  • 55-64 = 12.2 percent
  • 65+ = 9.1 percent

The fourth most trending candidate was the Green Party's Jill Stein. She had a total of 1,960,000 comments, likes, shares and posts. Here's a breakdown of the age groups in the conversations:

  • 18-24 = 15.4 percent
  • 25-34 = 27.4 percent
  • 35-44 = 20.2 percent
  • 45-54 = 15.3 percent
  • 55-64 = 12.4 percent
  • 65+ = 9.3 percent

The presidential election isn't the only one taking place. There are also many local elections happening around the country that you should know about. Click here to get your local election information and to find out where you can go to cast your vote.

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Source: USA Today
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