Walsh-Bean vs Bean-Walsh Keyword Searches

Another indication of just how close the race is in the 8th Congressional District between incumbent Melissa Bean and challenger Joe Walsh is a comparison of keyword searches. For those not familiar with what we are talking about, these are the ‘words‘ or ‘word phrases’ that people use when searching for something on search engine sites like Google, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, etc. With smart phones able to search the internet as well, interested voters can search for just about anything and get up-to-date news.

Looking over the first 100 visitors to this site this morning, We compared their keyword activity to see who was searching for Walsh vs Bean or Bean vs Walsh, thinking that anyone more interested in seeing one win over the other would likely use their favorites name first. We then weeded out all of the keyword searches that didn’t pertain to the election and listed them below:

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 Then we counted up the ones that listed Walsh first or Bean first (or only one name). Amazingly, the results were almost identical to the current race results with Walsh accounting for 21 and Bean accounting for 19. With the Northwest Herald running a recent “analysis” of precinct results in their article titled “Breaking down how Joe Walsh turned tide vs. Melissa Bean”, we thought we would do our own little analysis of “keyword searches” as shown above. We could probably go back to a week prior to the election and the results may have been an early indicator back then. Something to think about!

Television and print media are reporting that we most likely will find out the official winner sometime today but we think they are whistling in the wind. The vote is way too close to call and whoever comes up on the short end of the string will most likely challenge the results.

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