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Tracking the Democratic Contenders for Election 2008: Popularity Statistics from November 2004 to June 2006

Earlier this week, I posted some stats showing the percent share of our 2008 Presidential Election stickers, buttons and shirts for various Democratic candidates in the month that just ended, June 2006. Longtime visitor asked if we could show changes in the share of items sold to the candidates over time.

I’m happy to oblige with the following charts, showing the percentage share of Election 2008 bumper stickers, buttons and t-shirts sold featuring various contenders, month by month, since November 2004. The first chart shows data from November 2004 to March 2006, and the second chart shows more recent data, from November 2005 through June 2006.

Percent Share of Bumper Sticker, Button and Shirt Sales for various Democratic Party Presidential Contenders, November 2005 through June 2006

[update: Whoops, I see that for the second chart I omitted month labels. The leftmost datapoints are for November 2005, the rightmost datapoints are for June 2006, and the datapoints in between are for the months in between November and June, in order. Sorry about the ambiguity there.]

We have other candidates (like Christopher Dodd, Al Sharpton, Mike Gravel, and so on) who we sell items for, but they didn’t make it on the charts because their share is just so low that it wouldn’t really show up as anything but a flat line (Wesley Clark has reached that very low level in recent months, and so is off the second chart). The thicker lines in the second chart are reserved for those candidates who, since November 2005, have managed at least one month in which they garnered more than a 10% share of election 2008 swag.

We’ll keep on tracking the relative popularity of these Democratic contenders (and others as they toss their hat into the ring) over the months to come, and we’ll keep on sharing the results with you. Look for more next month!

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