Twitter users back Marvin Rees for Bristol mayor
TWITTER users are backing Marvin Rees to clinch the Bristol mayoral election.
ThisisBristol has analysed more than 3,400 tweets and then ranked all the candidates with profiles on the social media site based on a combination of number of mentions and user sentiment.
The prediction comes as the 15 candidates wind up their campaigns to land the elected mayor role in the city.
The Labour candidate has pushed ahead of George Ferguson and Danielle Radice who have pursued strong social media campaigns.
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Mr Rees has attracted more than 1,000 mentions, almost as many as the next three candidates combined.
Among the positive comments he received included this message from Simon Bowkett, Labour and Cooperative councillor for Pinhoe ward on Exeter City Council.
He wrote: "Of the candidates with a realistic chance of being #BristolMayor, @Marvin4Bristol has the best policies for #women."
In analysing the data on Twitter, we compiled a database of every tweet made by each candidate, each comment made by others about the candidates as well as every posting using the hashtag #bristolmayor since November 4.
Each candidate then received a score based on the ratio between the weight and positive/negative reaction that each received per individual Tweet.
Based on this measure, Mr Rees eclipsed his rivals with 1,002 mentions on the back of 60 tweets, while George Ferguson pulled in 381 mentions on 66 posts, while Ms Radice received 360 replies and retweets on the back of 70 postings.
Tom Baldwin and Dr Jon Rogers are ranked fourth and fifth place respectively.
The analysis also revealed some of the most positive comments about candidates.
For instance, highly-rated postings included: "@TimCollins5 showing by far the best understanding of the #bristolmayor
powers. Clear and confident on particulars of city deal."
Another, praising George Gollop said: "If you watch us in Bristol see mayoral candidate @GeoffGollop at 6pm #itv1.
I'll find out just how well the accountant knows his numbers..."
The polls open tomorrow at 7am with the winner expected to be revealed on Friday.
You can follow live coverage of the count and results on ThisisBristol - don't forget to tweet with the hashtag #bristolmayor.