Barr no longer dominates the Internet; Baldwin makes huge gains in ‘market share’

First on June 11, and then on July 17, IPR posted the results of “Google News Primaries” — the number of Google News hits for each “alternative” presidential candidate. Well, the September 13 results are in, and the top four are still in the same position — though the gap between them has narrowed considerably.

  1. “Bob Barr” “Libertarian” 1547, 36.20%
  2. “Ralph Nader” “Independent” 1429, 33.43%
  3. “Cynthia McKinney” “Green” 626, 14.65%
  4. “Chuck Baldwin” “Constitution” 595, 13.92%
  5. “Brian Moore” “Socialist” 29, 0.68%
  6. “Gloria La Riva” “Socialism” 19, 0.44%
  7. “Charles Jay” “Boston Tea” 13, 0.30%
  8. “Gene Amondson” “Prohibition” 12, 0.28%
  9. “Roger Calero” “Socialist” 4, 0.09%

All candidates except for Charles Jay, who benefited from a “spike” in coverage related to his Boston Tea Party nomination last time, increased their number of hits. The Prohibition Party’s Gene Amondson actually showed the greatest improvement, percentage-wise, though his leap from two hits to twelve is unlikely to set the world on fire. More realistically, Chuck Baldwin was the big winner by this measure. Ralph Nader, too, should be noted for increasing his hits by 47.78%, whereas his primary rival Bob Barr managed just a 14.93% increase.

  1. “Gene Amondson” “Prohibition” +500.00%
  2. “Chuck Baldwin” “Constitution” +395.83%
  3. “Brian Moore” “Socialist” +163.64%
  4. “Cynthia McKinney” “Green” +145.49%
  5. “Gloria La Riva” “Socialism” +58.33%
  6. “Ralph Nader” “Independent” +47.78%
  7. “Roger Calero” “Socialist” +33.33%
  8. “Bob Barr” “Libertarian” +14.93%
  9. “Charles Jay” “Boston Tea” -23.53%

Putting things in relative terms, here is how each much candidate gained or lost in terms of “market share.”

  1. “Gene Amondson” “Prohibition” +73.94%
  2. “Chuck Baldwin” “Constitution” +68.46%
  3. “Brian Moore” “Socialist” +40.68%
  4. “Cynthia McKinney” “Green” +36.30%
  5. “Gloria La Riva” “Socialism” +1.23%
  6. “Ralph Nader” “Independent” -5.83%
  7. “Roger Calero” “Socialist” -17.29%
  8. “Bob Barr” “Libertarian” -36.07%
  9. “Charles Jay” “Boston Tea” -104.50%

Now, excluding the four “major” candidates — Barr, Nader, McKinney, and Baldwin — let’s take a look at where the “minor” candidates hits are coming from. After all, if they’re all coming from IPR, TPW, and BAN, then they’re not worth quite as much as “mainstream” hits.

Of Brian Moore‘s 29 hits, five come from IPR and four come from Ballot Access News. TPW is ignoring the Socialist Party USA candidate. Moore’s other 20 hits come from media outlets not dedicated to third-party political news.

Gloria La Riva had 19 hits, but six of them were from the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which is somehow indexed by Google News. She had one hit from IPR and another from BAN — again, zero from TPW. That leaves her with 11 “good” hits.

Charles Jay had just 13 hits. Surprisingly, only two were from IPR, with another one each coming from BAN and TPW. A fifth “bad” hit came from BetUs in an article written by Jay.

Gene Amondson “soared” from two hits to 12. Two of his hits came from IPR and one from BAN (zero from TPW).

Roger Calero, the candidate of the Socialist Workers Party, had a whopping four hits. Without IPR’s help, he would have remained at three — where he was two months ago. His other hits come from a Nolan Chart article, from which all of these candidates derived a hit, a Norweigan article, and one mainstream media piece from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

20 thoughts on “Barr no longer dominates the Internet; Baldwin makes huge gains in ‘market share’

  1. G.E. Post author

    Add John McCain’s 309k and Barack Obama’s 322k hits, and Bob Barr and Ralph Nader come in at 0.24% and 0.22%, respectively. McKinney and Baldwin 0.10% and 0.09%, with the rest at less than 0.005%.

  2. svf

    spin spin spin… wheeee…

    You know very well that the only reason Chuck had a Google News “surge” is that he went from being a non-entity to being mentioned as an “also ran” on blog/”news” sites such as IPR, TPW and Nolan Chart and etc. in relation to the Ron Paul “major announcement” press conference and the “snubgate sage”. (Cynthia was another unlikely beneficiary.)

    I assure you that Chuck’s Google News “market share” will plummet just as drammatically next week, while Barr’s (and probably Nader’s) will remain nice and steady.

  3. G.E. Post author

    Oh no. Something was said that could be perceived as negative to Barr. Heaven forbid!

    The original article was “Bob Barr and Ralph Nader dominate online coverage.” Then “Bob Barr’s dominance slips.” And now, he doesn’t dominate at all.

    Yes. I’m sure that IPR, TPW, and Nolan chart accounted for all of the 595 stories on Baldwin.

    Please kill yourself.

  4. G.E. Post author

    These sycophants want me to carefully parse every word to ensure there’s NOTHING detrimental to Bob Barr in any article. You P.C. Nazi trolls should START YOUR OWN BLOGS.

  5. Spence

    Hey, G.E., the story that you were born to exaggerate to its death is happening right now. An actual motion to remove Barr from the LP ticket. Where is it on IPR, hmm? Excellent reporting as usual.

  6. G.E. Post author

    I’m not the only reporter here, Spence, and none of us do this for a living. If IPR is not providing you with the news you need, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

    When I was 17, I was more interested in girls than posting on blogs I didn’t like. But hey, that’s just me.

  7. G.E. Post author

    Hmmm… Not reported at TPW, LRC, BAN, or LFV…. Where are you getting this from? Are you going to all these other blogs and telling them “excellent reporting”? None of them have the story. TPW and BAN refused to cover the threat of removal in the first place.

  8. G.E. Post author

    It might have been twinkling in Al Gore’s eyes, but the Internet had been around for quite some time in 1995.

  9. Spence

    Of course. Never going to live the age thing down are you? Just because you can’t grasp logic, doesn’t mean what I’m doing isn’t sensible.

  10. G.E. Post author

    Well then sensibly tell me where you’re getting this breaking news from? Either you are an amazing scout (which I hope you are because I hope it’s true), or else you’re just an idiot who’s mistaking stuff we’ve already reported — that the motion has been written — for news. OR you’re getting your news from less-reliable sources than IPR.

  11. darolew

    “When I was 17, I was more interested in girls than posting on blogs I didn’t like. But hey, that’s just me.”

    I take it you weren’t majoring in computer science.

  12. svf

    When I was seventeen
    It was a very good year
    It was a very good year for small town girls
    And soft summer nights
    Wed hide from the lights
    On the village green
    When I was seventeen…

  13. donald raymond lake

    The two saddest sports figures on the planet.

    Any ‘Junior Varsidy’ record holder.

    Minor League/ AAA MVP!

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