Debates Help Gingrich Catch Up In Facebook Fan Race

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls yet lags in the race for more Facebook fans -- although this weekend's debate is giving him a big push.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls yet lags in the race for more Facebook fans.

Gingrich is turning that around, slowly but surely, according to our own Election Tracker. Saturday’s ABC News Yahoo debate should help: It was the most watched of the GOP primary season.

Here are the gainers and losers this week in Facebook fans among Republican presidential hopefuls.

  • Newt Gingrich ranks fifth in the Republican field in total Facebook fans with 211,573.
  • The former Speaker of the House is bested by a candidate who’s already out of the race — Herman Cain, who still maintains 394,000 fans.
  • Gingrich grew his Facebook fan base by 10,000 last week, while he leads in most national and early primary state polls.
  • Gingrich added 1,500 fans within 24 hours of the most watched GOP debate of the year.
  • The presidential candidates adding the most Facebook fans this week? President Barack Obama bests them all, adding 29,729 fans in the last seven days, followed by Ron Paul with 12,362 fans, Gingrich, then Mitt Romney who added more than 8,400 fans.
  • Despite trailing in most polls, Mitt Romney still leads the pack of GOP presidential contenders in Facebook fans, with more than 1.2 million, followed by Ron Paul with 620,529 and Michele Bachmann with 458,950.

Given some Facebookers’ reaction to Gingrich following the debate — a few of which are pasted below — maybe the social network just isn’t his platform.

Will Newt Gingrich continue to pick up momentum on Facebook as voting in the GOP presidential primary draws nearer?