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Colorado Senator set to take stage at 2nd Democratic Primary debate

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet will join the second group of Democrats vying for the primary seat, hoping to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

In order to come out at the top of the leaderboards, Bennet will have to speak up more than he did in the last debate.

He argued with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders saying, “Bernie mentioned the taxes they’d have to pay, because of those taxes, Vermont rejected Medicare.”

Social analytics across several platforms show the senator isn’t climbing very high.

A Google Trends map shows which Democratic candidates are searched most often in which county. Bennet took the lead in Huerfano and Sedgwick counties, Hickenlooper is #1 in Las Animas.

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds the majority of Google searches in Colorado, and Bennet will be sharing the stage with him Wednesday night.

On the first day of the debate in Detroit, Michigan, former Governor John Hickenlooper moved up in social interaction on Facebook by the end of the day, putting him in the 12th place, but by Wednesday, he was back down to 17th, not posting to his page at all until the afternoon.

His spike might have come from the interaction with Sanders. Both were arguing about health insurance.

Hickenlooper said, “I think if we’re going to force Americans to make these radical changes, they’re not going to go along. Throw your hands up, but you haven’t. I will. I can do it. You haven’t implemented the plans. Us governors and mayors are the ones, we have to pick up the pieces when suddenly the government is supposed to take other all of these responsibilities and there’s no preparation, the details, you can’t just spring a plan on the world and expect it to succeed.”

If Bennet takes the same route, he could see a similar increase in social media, but it’s to his consistency in posting that could keep him at the top of the list.

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