Facebook: Trump leads Election Day conversation

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Facebook has shared some metrics and insights into how Election Day ripples through the conversations of U.S. citizens on the most popular social media platform on the planet.

More than 190 of 310 million Americans use Facebook, according to Statista.

As of 8 p.m. Pacific Time today, more than 10 million U.S. citizens shared on Facebook that they voted, according to a spokesperson who provided data to VentureBeat via email. By comparison, on Election Day in 2012 more than 9 million Americans said they voted on Facebook.

Top issues of conversation around policy on Election Day: government ethics, religion, racial issues, crime and criminal justice, and the economy.

On Election Day and between Oct. 1 and Nov. 6, Donald Trump has been the focus of the majority of conversations.

Between that period of time, more than 67 million people had 1.14 billion interactions — likes, posts, comments and shares — related to Donald Trump, while 59.1 million people had 934 million interactions about Hillary Clinton.

Clinton tied or led the conversation in reliably blue states like Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey, while Trump led the topic of conversation in reliably Republican states like Arizona, Nebraska, Kansas and Louisiana.

As of 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Election Day, as polls began to close in the most contentious battleground states, Trump was the topic of the majority of conversations. For example, Trump leads in Michigan 53-47 and in Georgia 52-48. In Virginia, another state considered too close to call at the time this story was published, the number of conversation is tied at 50-50.

Top 10 moments of the 2016 presidential race

1. The second presidential debate on October 9.

2. The release of the Access Hollywood tape.

3. The first presidential debate on September 26.

4. The third presidential debate on October 19.

5. The Democratic Convention.

6. FBI Director Comey reopens investigation into Clinton emails.

7. The Republican Convention.

8. The Vice Presidential Debate on October 4.

9. Trump criticizes the Khan family after the Democratic Convention

10. Super Tuesday on March 1.

Between the day Ted Cruz, the first presidential nominee declared his candidacy on March 23, 2015 and Nov. 1, 128 million people in the United States generated 8.8 billion likes, posts, comments and shares related to the election.

Updated 8:04 p.m. to share the latest number of Facebook users who shared that they voted on Election Day.

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