The Friday#: Santorum’s shock exit
The Sizzle: Sony The Fri-Up: Santorum’s exit The Sauce: Dog texts
- Sony CEO vows to revive company
- Video game sales sink 25% in March
- China’s internet users blocked from foreign sites
- Pentagon buys dual focus contacts
- Apple defends price fixing allegations
Santorum’s shock exit
Santorum’s journey through the GOP race has been a story of the underdog fighting to succeed against all odds; then in a dramatic turn, news came this week that he was leaving the race to be with his daughter who is fighting pneumonia. It also emerged last night that since his loss in Wisconsin on April 3rd, money was also becoming an issue in continuing the race.
Let’s take a look at the week’s GOP news in a wordcloud. (Twitter only)
Fig 1. Wordcloud for all original Republican candidates April 6th – April 13th 2012
There’s nothing that we wouldn’t expect here. The inference that Mitt Romney is now the only realistic winner of the Republican turns the public’s thoughts to his run against Obama for the presidential race. Rick Santorum features slightly more prominently in the cloud, but his fame (as demonstrated below) is likely to end here.
This graph shows how the interest in candidates once they have exited the race, drops entirely.
Fig 2. History graph of candidates exiting the race between Jan 1st and April 13th 2012
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Hope you enjoyed the Friday#, have a great weekend.
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