How to Follow the Election on Twitter

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Twitter can be a great resource if you’re looking for the latest updates and perspective on today’s election. It can also be an incredibly frustrating source for news.

Throughout the day reporters, news organizations, politicians, voters and others will be sharing concise, up-to-the-second information about who’s winning, who’s losing and what it might mean for the country. All that chatter can create a lot of noise. Consider that more than 105,000 Tweets were being sent every minute at one point during the Oct. 22 presidential debate.

To help separate the wheat from the chaff KQED News created several resources for Twitter users looking for updates on the election — lists and hashtags we’ll be following today as we Tweet from @KQEDnews.


News Outlets KQED Follows: This list includes Tweets from 39 news organizations from around the Bay Area and California. It also includes Tweets from the California Secretary of State’s office.

Reporters Covering the Election: This is a list of Twitter accounts for 63 reporters from around the state. Most of the reporters on this list cover state politics, so you can assume they’ll be Tweeting on election night.

Candidates and Campaigns: This list includes Tweets from organizations campaigning for and against state ballot issues It also will have Tweets from the presidential campaigns and the candidates in some of the Congressional races KQED has been covering.


An important note: searches on Twitter automatically return “top” Tweets. To see Tweets in real time, be sure to click “all” at the top of the search results. Clicking on the links below will show you Tweets in real time.

For general election news:

For news about the election in California:

For news about the propositions on the ballot in California:

For news about local issues:

  • Typically, for local issues, the hashtag format is #(issuename). So the hashtag for news on the Richmond soda tax is #MeasureN.


  • For Tweets in English that include the words “vote” or “voted” — and are posted from accounts listed in the Bay Area — click here.
  • For Tweets in English that include the word “election” — and are posted from accounts listed in the Bay Area — click here.