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What if Facebook 'Likes' Were Votes?

If "Likes" were votes, Bernie Sanders would defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Facebook, working in partnership with the journalism organization FiveThirtyEight, has launched for the first time an interactive map of the U.S. revealing the number of “Likes” each presidential candidate has collected on the social media platform.

If “Likes” were votes, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would beat Hillary Clinton nationwide by a nearly three-to-one margin and Republican front-runner Donald Trump would garner more support than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio combined.

Of course, Facebook is not a polling organization — but the information is interesting nonetheless.

The map, which will be updated periodically, is created by FiveThirtyEight’s computational journalist Matthew Conlen with visual journalist Reuben Fischer-Baum. It allows users to choose specific candidates or states to see how the candidates stack up against one another.

“The data isn’t predictive of the election,” managing editor David Firestone said in a statement. “But it is a revealing look at the preferences of many people who use Facebook.”

Check it out:


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