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A look at the social media followers of current 2020 presidential candidates

Posted: 12:57 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 22:14:39-04
A look at the social media followers of current 2020 presidential candidates

As the United States heads toward another presidential election in 2020, social media plays an even bigger role than in previous elections as information is published, shared, tweeted — and "likes" may matter.

Does a person's social media following signal how well he or she may do as we get closer to deciding who will appear on the ballot?

There are several candidates with big followings: Namely Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But other candidates are on their heels.

Let's take a look at the current number of followers the candidates have, as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Note that some have personal verified pages and secondary pages for the candidacy. These numbers reflect their personal, verified pages.

In order from highest to lowest Instagram followers:

DONALD TRUMP

Instagram: 12.4 million
Twitter: 59.1 million
Facebook: 23.8 million

BERNIE SANDERS

Instagram: 3.1 million
Twitter: 8.24 million
Facebook: 7.5 million

KAMALA HARRIS

Instagram: 1.6 million
Twitter: 683,000
Facebook: 1 million

ELIZABETH WARREN

Instagram : 1.3 million
Twitter: 4.9 million
Facebook: 3.18 million

BETO O'ROURKE

Instagram: 882,000
Twitter: 263,000
Facebook: 878,891

CORY BOOKER

Instagram: 669,000
Twitter: 4.21 million
Facebook : 1.2 million

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

Instagram: 371,000
Twitter: 2.6 million
Facebook: 775,000

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Instagram: 194,000
Twitter: 1.38 million
Facebook: 373,788

ANDREW YANG

Instagram: 100,000
Twitter: 178,000
Facebook: 52,400

TULSI GABBARD

Instagram: 84,000
Twitter: 309,000
Facebook: 303,000

AMY KLOBUCHAR

Instagram: 60,300
Twitter: 655,000
Facebook: 244,000

JULIÁN CASTRO

Instagram : 30,700
Twitter : 190,000
Facebook : 103,000

BILL WELD

Instagram: 12,100
Twitter: 52,200
Facebook: 78,400

JOHN HICKENLOOPER

Instagram: 9,700
Twitter: 138,000
Facebook: 59,818

JAY INSLEE

Instagram: 6,825
Twitter: 40,800
Facebook: 64,600

JOHN DELANEY

Instagram: 2,900
Twitter: 16,700
Facebook: 358,000

Click here to see a photo gallery of the current 2020 presidential candidates.

For the 2016 presidential election, social media was a major deal for candidates: A quarter of American adults reported that they went to social media for news and election information on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The candidates used that to their advantages and attempted to grow their fan bases on the various platforms.

Candidates pushed people to register to vote, and Facebook offered links for people to follow in order to find their polling information.

On election day, it was very popular to announce "I voted" on social media. Celebrities especially shared messages encouraging folks to vote and showing that they had voted. Singer Taylor Swift, for example, received more than 2 million "likes" on Instagram of a photo showing her in line to vote.

Facebook reports 115 million people posted about the 2016 election, and that generated more than 700 million likes, posts, comments and shares, Authority Lab reports.