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Report: Republicans Won Social Media Battle During Midterm Elections

Republicans November's midterm elections saw the Republican party reassert its power in Washington, thanks to landslide victories at voting booths throughout the country. And, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center, the GOP did pretty well on Facebook, too.

In the months leading up to the November elections, 22-percent of all online adults used social media to follow a particular campaign or the election itself, including two-percent who used Twitter to keep up with the latest news. According to Pew's report, 11-percent of Internet-using adults used social networking sites to find out who their friends were voting for, while seven-percent either 'friended' a political candidate on Facebook or followed one on Twitter.

Among social networking political junkies, 45-percent favored Republican candidates, compared to the 41-percent who supported the Democratic ticket -- which, strangely enough, was the exact same proportion of users with a college degree. Both Republicans and Democrats displayed largely equal levels of enthusiasm for social media, but Tea Party supporters, in their infinite excitement, were much more likely to 'friend' a candidate on Facebook.

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