A closer look at those numbers indicates that Rubio’s strength on Twitter is, as yet, of little electoral value to Rubio, who is counting on, you know, votes from Floridians to earn a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Of the 3,013 people that Rubio follows, a grand total of 696 actually claim Florida as their home for a percentage of 23 percent. Of the 6,708 that follow Rubio, 2,204 are from Florida, for a percentage of 32 percent.
This, of course doesn`t count the wide variety of scam artists and porn bots that get included somehow in many people`s Twitter feeds, so we`ll forgive Rubio for following @Levie__Belle (come and see how n.a.s.t.y i am !!!) and others.
As DagBlog (from whose post these numbers were adapted) points out:
The far right has made a lot of noise about how they dominate Twitter. And Rubio is their Fringe Conservative Golden Boy. And he has – at the very most – 2,204 potential voters following him. To give some idea of what that means – I, William K. Wolfrum, a non-candidate, with no funding, sponsors or rallies, have 2,258 followers. To take that further, in 2004, Mel Martinez won the Senate Seat that Rubio is after, winning by less than 2 percent over his Democratic challenger – or, by a total of 80,000 votes.