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How much do you care about Mark Neumann's facebook following?
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Mark Neumann feels good. At least that's the sentiment he tried to convey yesterday to TV host Mike Gousha.

"Everything is so much better with the campaign in terms of momentum," Neumann said on "UpFront with Mike Gousha," a statewide Sunday TV news magazine show produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. "There's so many people coming out to see us. We've been doing these Main Street visits since the first of the year, and I think it's really helped our campaign a lot."

This of course contrasts to the first six months of Neumann's campaign, in which the only sound out of the Neumann war room was the sound of advisers packing their bags so they could join the Walker team. Like the economy he claims he understands, Neumann was hungry to provide jobs, but seemed to have a tough time creating them.

And why should we believe Neumann's campaign has turned the corner?

Signs of momentum Neumann pointed to included a recent poll that showed he had a bigger lead on Dem Tom Barrett than did GOP rival Scott Walker and him having what he said is the largest Facebook following of any GOP gubernatorial candidate nationwide.

Fair first point. And frankly, a fair second point. If my big brother is reading, it's time to join facebook bro. Otherwise, it looks like the politicians might not count you. Which brings me to another point (that has no doubt been made): Social networks are a great way to convince politicians that young people are engaged and paying attention. Moreover, as Neumann demonstrates, politicians can tout support on social networks, and therefore will try to appeal to young voters more because of it.

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