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United States - Mar 7, 2012 - 09:26

Last modified: 7 Mar 2012 06:26

Rick Santorum may have come in second to Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday, winning less than half the delegates gained by his rival, but on Twitter he performed more impressively, averaging 40,000 tweets of his name per hour at his peak.

Twitter charted mentions of all four candidates throughout the day. Romney led, even as mentions surged when results began to come out, but Santorum shot into the lead between 6pm and 7pm on the West Coast, where Twitter is based.

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A cursory search of Santorum's mentions on Twitter shows that many concerned the election results, while others mocked or critiqued him, including a piece in the satirical Onion newspaper and a Huffington Post story that asked whether Santorum liked to "chug beer" while in university