IL-14: James Marter Now 2nd Among Candidates’ Twitter Followers

James Marter

While some locally think social media metrics will not make a difference in the 14th district congressional primary in the 7-candidates field, the number of social media followers is a metric one can use to determine support and opportunities for online fundraising.

Two candidates, James Marter and Jerry Evans, took constructive steps to address a deficiency over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and when the calendar turned to December, here is the complete end of November snapshot of the results:

Lauf         30,234          17,151            7,220
Marter               934 N/A           6,370
Oberweis               802 N/A           3,223
Evans               383 37               158
Gradel               290 N/A               582
Rezin               118 N/A           6,812
Malouf                 45 N/A               826
Underwood         91,769          19,812          18,835

While Catalina Lauf is still the undisputed leader in social media followers, James Marter has elevated his Twitter followers from the 4th highest, to the 2nd highest with the efforts his campaign did over the holiday weekend.

Marter surpassed both Ted Gradel and Jim Oberweis on Twitter followers, and has grown his followers 4 times over what he had middle of last week.

Jerry Evans & Son

Jerry Evans grew his Twitter following 10 times and surpassed both Sue Rezin and Ted Gradel.

And addressing something said in the comments, no one is using a pre-paid BOT service to artificially grow their social media followers counts.

After beginning to observe the spike in Marter’s and Evans’ followers, it was confirmed Marter’s and Evans’ spike was organic and natural, just as Sue Rezin’s Facebook and Catalina Lauf’s Twitter and Instagram spikes earlier in the year were organic and natural.

What does all of this mean in the bigger picture? These increased followers offers an additional mechanism to reach voters in district, and potential campaign donors whether they live in district or not.

James Marter Fundraiser Thursday

Now that the calendar has turned to December, the congressional candidates enter the final month of 4th quarter fundraising.

James Marter’s campaign is holding a Meet & Greet fundraiser in western St. Charles this coming Thursday from 5:30-8:30PM.

After the end of the year, all candidates will need to file their Federal Election Commission campaign disclosure reports by January 15.

The 4th quarter reports will be the last chance to see which campaigns, financially, will be able to afford to compete for Republican primary voters when the campaign begins in earnest in late January through March 17.

More information about Marter’s Thursday event can be found at this link in Eventbrite:


IL-14: James Marter Now 2nd Among Candidates’ Twitter Followers — 7 Comments

  1. I can picture it now, Illinois families sit down to give thanks and eat turkey, the matriarchs and patriarchs say to their children and extended family “Before we begin please follow James Marter on twitter, let’s eat!”

    Look at his followers, they’re the social media far right militants, these followers mean nothing.

    Marter will finish in 5th place at best.

  2. You may be right, but at least he’s trying something different and for that he should be commended.

    Similarly for Jerry Evans too.

  3. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Let us pray. I was chosen by the Creator to remind this sunshine blog readership Almighty God has chosen all these repubikkklan candidates in this congressional race only to be steamrolled by Honorable Congresswoman and accomplished nurse Lauren Underwood next November 3rd; all for His Glory. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeeeoooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  4. Well, James Marter has hit 1,045 in Twitter followers.

    This is progress you can measure.

  5. I can picture it now, John Sylf, former editor of the now defunct ‘Northwest Herald,’ aka ‘ FLamont’ going on a book tour about his life having 37 different personalities.

    “If I could could just get a nice personality instead of all these horrid and repulsive personalities. Just one. I’ll call him “Weena.”

  6. James Marter🇺🇸 Is the strongest candidate in Illinois Congressional District 14, #IL14

    Donald Trump🇺🇸 took #IL14 in 2016, and with this #SchiffCharade that is going on, that is not fair, not allowing for due process, independents will overwhelmingly vote for #OurPresidentTrump🇺🇸 In 2020.

    James Marter🇺🇸 Is mature, honest, and his character and integrity is top shelf.

    James Marter🇺🇸 Is a Real Republican who will reach across the aisle and will get independents and even Moderate Liberals to vote for him as well.

    I know Character when I see it, and Character and Class defines James Marter🇺🇸

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