Who’ll Be Romney’s Running Mate? Social Media Buzzing About Scott Walker

by politicalthing

This blog post was originally authored by me and published on the Radian6 website on June 15th, 2012. I’m posting it here for posterity. 

As the Republican primaries come to an end, people are beginning to speculate as to whom Mitt Romney will choose to be his vice-presidential running mate.

This conversation is well underway on social media. Let’s look at which of the rumored candidates to date are generating the most attention.

The Candidates

The list of rumored candidates is already long and will likely continue to evolve over the coming weeks. The list includes:

There have been some reports that Mitt Romney may announce his choice for a running mate ahead of the Republican National Convention being held in Tampa Bay, Florida, August 27-30. While Romney and his campaign have not tipped their hand as to whom they are considering, social media users are registering their thoughts.

Based solely on the number of mentions each of the rumored candidates are receiving on social, a couple of front runners have emerged.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received a huge boost after surviving the state’s recall election last week and now leads social conversations related to vice-presidential speculation. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have generated the most social conversations related to VEEP speculation over the last 30 days.

A closer look at the conversation trends reveals that Scott Walker’s social mentions were largely accumulated the day of and the day after his election victory.

If you remove Scott Walker from the trend graph, it reveals that the conversations are starting to converge again, but that Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal have generated the biggest number of conversations over a sustained period of time.

What do you think of the numbers so far? Do you think any of the rumored candidates will become the candidate for vice president? Let us know in the comments.