This is the 2015 Year in Political Twitter data you’re looking for.
In 2015, the political news on Twitter was mostly about this dude.
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Given his celebrity, Trump was starting with a lot of followers anyway, but he had the had the most followers of any candidate (5.05 million), and had gained the most followers during the year (around 2.5 million).
How Trump's total number of followers stacks up among active candidates (total number of new followers in 2015 in parentheses):
@RealDonaldTrump - 5.05M (2,493,523)
@HillaryClinton - 4.75M (2,412,771)
@RealBenCarson - 1.04M (795,008)
@MarcoRubio - 992k (631,593)
@BernieSanders - 937k (939,571)
@RandPaul - 726k (258,553)
@CarlyFiorina - 632k (294,831)
@tedcruz - 615k (316,031)
@GovMikeHuckabee - 427k (99,214)
@JebBush 382k (251,249)
@RickSantorum - 248k (36,160)
@JohnKasich - 146k (85,271)
@MartinOMalley - 110k (58,567)
@GovernorPataki - 81k (74,239)
@ChrisChristie - 69k (51,251)
@LindseyGrahamSC - 31k (19,870)
@gov_gilmore - 2k (2,355)
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