Twitter geodata shows Donald Trump commands hashtags in 42 states, Ron DeSantis in 8
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Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump
#Trump2024 beats #DeSantis2024 in 42 states, including Florida.

If hashtagged tweets were votes, right now former President Donald Trump would beat Gov. Ron DeSantis in a landslide in a Republican Primary for the 2024 Presidential Election.

Trump would even take Florida.

That’s according to an analysis of geotagged twitter data in the last month, tracking hashtags for possible 2024 Republican candidates, done by the sports betting outfit at

The analysis, done of more than 220,000 hashtagged tweets, searching for the origins of such hashtags as #Trump2024, #DeSantis2024, #Cruz2024, #Haley2024, #Pence2024.

The Florida Governor who has yet to publicly acknowledge any 2024 presidential aspirations — while governing as if he has a national audience and frequently traveling the country for fundraisers — is strongest among hashtagged tweets in three areas: New England, the Beltway states of Maryland and Virginia, and the Upper Midwest.

Trump dominates everywhere else.

No other candidate came close anywhere.

The analysis may have no relevance like polling. There were no questions asked. There was no demographic weighting. There’s no context. There’s no reason to believe anyone is putting their own money down based on these tweets. Do tweeters even vote? Are they even real people or bots?

But the same betting outfit says Trump is the favorite right now for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, with Trump listed as a +120 bet, and DeSantis at +150.

Yet the results of the Twitter hashtag data show a curious pattern that might suggest strengths and weaknesses, based on candidates’ popularity in social media activity.

All eight states that hashtag DeSantis the most — Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia and Wisconsin — went to Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election.

If hashtags were votes, Twitter could see Trump winning first, in Iowa in January 2024, and then DeSantis coming right back to win in New Hampshire a few days later. But DeSantis wouldn’t win another state until Super Tuesday in March.


Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • David In Shoreline

    July 7, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Kind of a ridiculous analysis ask me. What percentage of the population uses Twitter on any kind of regular basis? Multiply that by .001 to pick out the relatively few conservatives on the platform…. Yeah, meaningless.

    But for me personally, #DeSantis2024

  • PeterH

    July 7, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Russia successfully used Twitter and Facebook to create culture wars on race and gender in the 2016. Trump won the election by 35,000 votes spread over three swing states States targeted by Russia. Russia knew where Trump’s narcissistic weaknesses existed. Like every presidential election in the past fifty years except one (Bush2’s second term) ….. Trump, a Republican, lost the American popular vote by millions of voters.

    Ron DeSantis has been using both race and gender to divide America. To DeSantis’s dismay GENDER is defined:

    “Gender is the RANGE of characteristics pertaining to femininity and masculinity and differentiating between them. Depending on the context, this may include sex-based social structures and gender identity.”

    For hundreds of years in America gender diversity has been derisively and wrongly labeled as gender disfunction. This ignorant mislabeling has caused tens of thousands of beautiful intelligent transgender Americans to be societal outcast …… many (40% by some estimates) committed suicide.

    Americans can’t roll back progress on cultural and race relations to the 1940’s because DeSantis wants power.

    We need to coexist as a rich multicultural dynamic country. Diversity is our strength…. not our weakness. The DeSantis culture wars are selfishly designed “to win elections” at the expense of others he doesn’t understand and doesn’t care to understand.

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