One of the things driving the local conventional wisdom that Ed Martin is running a tough congressional campaign is his apparent support on the internet. Martin has over 3,000 facebook fans and over 3,000 Twitter followers, which would seem to suggest that he has substantial online support. However, as many are well aware, online support does not necessarily translate to actual votes, so it's interesting to see how effectively Martin's network can be used to get actual results.
If anything is an easy measure of online support, an online poll would have to be at the top of the list. However, as documented by FiredUp Missouri, despite the fact that Ed Martin heavily promoted an online poll by the Missouri Sovereignty Project on Twitter and Facebook, he was crushed by Republican Primary challanger John Wayne Tucker in the poll results announced yesterday.
In fact, Martin's 3,000+ Facebook supporters and 3,000+ Twitter followers only amounted to 99 votes "in district" and 61 votes outside of the district. If Martin's "online support" can only generate 160 mouse clicks, can it really be expected to bring people to the polls in the 3rd district to vote for a former Matt Blunt Chief of Staff?