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Twitter activity: California gubernatorial race

This graph represents the volume of conversation over the past six months surrounding the California gubernatorial race between Jerry Brown (D) and Meg Whitman (R). As you pull the slider across the chart, on the left rail, you will see a percentage breakdown of the most common threads of conversation on the topic. Positive sentiment is reflected above the line, negative below, and neutral in the middle. Key eruptions or waves are annotated along the bottom along with noteworthy tweets. To view CNN-selected tweets, move the bar to a blue Twitter bird icon and click through the categories.

The results are based on CNN and Crimson Hexagon's analysis of Twitter comments on the midterm elections. The analysis not only examines keywords, hashtags, and Twitter handles but also statistical patterns of words to help identify key themes and threads of conversation.