Youngkin VS McAuliffe: Hashtag Tweets
Updated: Dec 10, 2021
An overly simplified way to track candidate polarity(Better AI version next).
Here is the mean average polarity of pro-Youngkin tweets vs pro-McAulliffe tweets.
This graph is simply averaging the number of pro-candidateX tweets. Each tweet gets +1. These ~1,600 tweets were from self-proclaimed VA residents and had very specific polarized hashtags like #winwithglenn(pro-Youngkin) or #teamterry(pro-McAuliffe). Note that this is very oversimplified and simply used to contrast vs the nationalized version.
Here is a similar graph of ~33,000 polarized(hashtagged) tweets from anywhere in the world. You can see inflection points around 10/18 and then at 10/29.
NEXT UP! Using AI to classify un-hashtagged tweets as pro-Youngkin or pro-McAuliffe