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How the debate moderators fared in Twitter analysis

With the next debate right around the corner, Twitter sent us an email today with some interesting stats around the moderators of the last two debates. “We put both Jim Lehrer and Martha Raddatz through the same algorithm we use for the candidates’ Twitter Political Index, where they are related to a 0-100 scale of all other topics on Twitter,” explains Twitter’s Rachael Horwitz. “Scores above 50 are among the more positively-tweeted topics, while below 50 are among the more negative.”

And here are the results:

Jim Lehrer

2-Week Average: 59 (51)
Day Before: 39 (50)
Day After: 30 (37)

Net Day-to-Day Change: -9 (-13)

Net Change vs. 2-Week Baseline: -29 (-14)

Martha Raddatz

2-Week Average: 47 (50)
Day Before: 44 (48)
Day After: 56 (64)

Net Day-to-Day Change: +12 (+16)
Net Change vs. 2-Week Baseline: +9 (+14)

CNN’s Candy Crowley will be running the show Tuesday night, and there’s already a kerfuffle about what style to expect (think more Raddatz than Lehrer.) Twitter says they’ll have a sentiment analysis on Crowley, too, after tomorrow night’s big event.

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