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Andrew Yang is winning Twitter on the day of the Iowa caucuses

Andrew Yang isn’t a favorite to win in Iowa. But he’s doing well on Twitter

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gestures during a campaign event at To Share Brewing Co., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gestures during a campaign event at To Share Brewing Co., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.
Elise Amendola, Associated Press

Former tech executive Andrew Yang may not win the Iowa caucuses, but he’s been trending on Twitter most of Monday morning.

What’s going on: Monday is the day of the Iowa caucuses, the first chance for voters to pick their Democratic presidential primary candidate.

  • Per The New York Times, favorites for the day include former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is right behind.
  • Tech executive Andrew Yang and investor Tom Steyer are competitive but aren’t listed among the favorites.

Yes, but: One of the top hashtags in the United States Monday morning was #CaucusForYang. Tweeters suggested to Iowa voters that they support Yang at the caucuses in Iowa Monday night.

  • The hashtag trended ahead of #MondayMotivation, #IowaCaucuses and #TrumpIsAnIdiot in the top five.

In Iowa: Yang has been campaigning in Iowa ahead of Monday night, according to the Des Moines Register.

  • Yang: “I love Iowa. Campaigning here for the last two years has been the journey of my life. I am really glad you are going to determine the future of our country.”

Bigger picture: Yang — despite hovering in the 3% area in many of the polls — has had a large social media presence. His followers have popularized the hashtag #YangGang.

  • Morning Consult said: “Compared to the average potential Democratic primary voter, Yang’s supporters tend to sway younger, are more likely to name the economy as their top issue and have a more expansive social media presence.”