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Election Special! Free Access to 2016 Election Pages

Sometimes during this long ordeal of an election, it can feel like there is no good news to be found, regardless of your political bent or candidate preference. Well, we here at voxgov know how you feel, so we’ve decided to brighten the gloomy electoral clouds with a little sunshine and offer a free peek into our database for election-related material!

What Does this Mean?

We’re now announcing the public release of a searchable database for candidates involved in the 2016 elections. The collection consists of social media and official releases for candidates for all House, Senate and Gubernatorial contests, as well as the Presidential candidates. Anyone can now access our trove of 2016 election-related data and releases, track your favorite races, compare candidates, follow the presidential (and unpresidential) debate on social media. To dive in, go right here.

What Can You Do?

For some analysis and sample searches, check out his post on how many Democratic and Republican candidates talked about the first presidential debate and what was discussed during the presidential nomination conventions. Or take a look at what the two major party presidential candidates are saying about ‘jobs’.

You can search the social media, press releases and other news from both of the two presidential candidates on the Presidential tab. Or take a look at their competing twitter feeds. And track all of the congressional races here.

Searching works as it does in most databases, type in what you want and use boolean terms (AND to find examples of combined terms, OR to find everything that mentions both terms, and use quotes ” to get an exact match).

If you like the election pages, and you and your organization are interested in getting access to our full database of government documents and research tools contact us here.

Happy searching!


Press Release Election Special

Election Tracker: Debates and Conventions, Part 1

The first debate between Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has concluded at Hofstra University, and while it might take a while to see if the country has recovered we do have some data on what the political class were talking about before, during and after the rumble on Long Island. (For added perspective, we’re also including an analysis of what was being said during each party’s convention over the summer).

First Presidential Debate

Held on the night of September 26th, 2016, the first debate was much more popular, according to number of mentions, with Democratic candidates. These numbers were generated by searching the voxgov database with the terms ‘Debate’ and ‘#debatenight’ during the period of September 26-27.

Democratic Candidates – 1,098

Republican Candidates – 472

That’s a pretty remarkable difference, considering the high profile nature of a presidential debate and the scrutiny this particular one was under. Does it demonstrate an enthusiasm gap between the candidates from the two different parties?

It does, however, seem to continue a trend we saw in the two party’s national conventions, when it was Democrats who were often the most active, even during their rival’s convention.

Republican Convention

The Republican National Convention (RNC) was held in Cleveland, OH from July 18-21. (We included the days surrounding the convention as well.)

Donald Trump was the most referenced name during the RNC (not a surprise), but what were the other big terms to come out of the gathering?

Term Mentions
#RNCinCLE 1,086
Veterans 423
Violence 398
Prayers 343
Police Officers 246
Shooting 242

On the day Donald Trump was nominated, current Democrats were the most prolific, followed by Republican Candidates, current Republicans, Democratic Candidates, and Independents.

Democratic Convention

The Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia, PA from July 25th-29th. (We included the days surrounding the convention as well.)

Among politicians (both current officeholders and major candidates), unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton topped the trending names during the Democratic National Convention. Other top terms:

Term Mentions
#DemsinPhilly 1,521
Women 636
Veterans 411
#ImWithHer 275
#BetterWay 204
Gun 181


On the day of Hillary Clinton’s nomination, Democratic Candidates topped other groups with the most releases, followed by current Republicans, Republican Candidates, current Democrats and Independents.


Interestingly, during both conventions it was politicians from the Democratic Party that were the most active group, perhaps saying something the enthusiasm of current Democrats towards their nominee, and Democratic candidates desire to attack the Republican nominee. This trend seems to be continuing down the stretch of the election, if the gap in interest in talking about the first presidential debate is significant. We’ll continue to update our tracking as the election goes on, or you can do your own research using voxgov’s enormous database of information from the US government!