Everyone really wants Carson and Kasich to drop out
It's really happening. Donald Trump is winning state after state, and heading into Tuesday's Nevada caucus, he shows no signs of stopping. The real estate mogul holds 67 delegates, a 56-delegate lead over second-place Ted Cruz, making it increasingly hard to imagine how anyone but Trump will win the nomination—except, just maybe, if all the non-competitive candidates scram, so the "real" GOP can rally behind a single opponent.
Anti-Trump Republicans and a few party bigwigs are calling on John Kasich and Ben Carson to dutifully drop out so the GOP can throw its collective weight behind one of the two freshman senators vying for second, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz.
On Tuesday, a Vocativ analysis of tweets containing either Carson's or Kasich's name and the phrase "drop out" found that 1,092 users had tweeted about Carson dropping out, while 1,404 mentioned Kasich in the same vein.That's nearly four percent of the entire volume of tweets mentioning Carson and more than seven percent of the tweets mentioning Kasich.
And, each time Trump wins, the calls intensify.
The biggest spike came onFebruary 2, the day after the Iowa caucus: 63 people tweeted about the retired neurosurgeon dropping out of the race the day before; 10,527 people mentioned Carson dropping out on the second (that was also the day news broke that the Cruz campaign misinformed the Iowa electorate that Carson was leaving the race, which added to the chatter). Meanwhile, only 475 people tweeted about Kasich dropping out the day after Iowa, but that figure represents a huge jump from the 53 that had tweeted those words on the first. In this contest, Cruz finished first, though Trump earned a close second. Carson, however, finished fourth, while Kasich placed eighth.
On February 10, the day following the New Hampshire primary, 2,328 Twitter users mentioned the words "Carson," "drop," and "out," up from 803 during the actual contest. For Ohio Governor Kasich, 780 tweeted about the candidate leaving the race, up from 122 the day before. Carson would finish eighth in New Hampshire; Kasich nabbed second place behind Trump.
After last Saturday's South Carolina primary, 7,190 people tweeted about Carson leaving the field on Sunday, February 21 (Carson finished dead last in the state). Kasich, who finished second behind Trump, garnered 6,479 mentions about dropping out. Those figures were up from 560 on the day of the contest for Carson and 266 for Kasich.
Neither Kasich nor Carson appear to be listening: Kasich is vowing to stay in the race until the primary in Ohio, where he's a popular governor—even though recent polling there shows Trump beating him slightly on his home turf.
And Carson, well, who knows. After losing badly in South Carolina this past Saturday, he told his supporters that his campaign was just getting started. On the same day he said President Obama cannot identify with the black experience in America because he was "raised white," on "Fox & Friends" Carson compared the race to the story of the Tortoise and the Hare (in which he is the turtle, perhaps an unfortunate comparison for the sleepiest candidate).
That means we'll likely have a five candidate race for at least a few more weeks—and that Republicans will keep up their Twitter assault in a last-ditch effort to save the party from itself.
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