US Elections: Obama, Romney use social media for final vote push

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – As the US presidential election neared a nail-biting close Tuesday, both candidates took to Twitter, Facebook and Reddit to make a final plea for votes, capping a huge social media push to the polls.

Americans flocked to social networks all day to post photographic proof they had cast their ballots, with 22 percent of voters using Twitter, Facebook and others to announce who they voted or planned to vote for, one study found.

“I’m checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote,” President Barack Obama said on social news site Reddit — one of several social media pushes for votes by the incumbent.

Reddit is a widely-used website that allows users to rank posted information according to whether they like it or not. Obama conducted a much-publicized online chat with the public on the site in August.

“I voted for you. Best of luck tonight Mr. President,” one netizen named “WordSlinger81″ wrote under Obama’s post.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney, meanwhile, appealed to his 1.7 million Twitter followers in a post retweeted 2,357 times.

“With your help, we will turn our country around and get America back on the path to prosperity. Please vote today,” he said late Tues

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