WordPress is a Big Hit with Political Campaigns, Stats Show

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Just how much of a role is WordPress having in U.S. politics? It’s relatively large.

Last Thursday, Automattic’s Peter Slutsky unveiled statistics in an infographic regarding how many political campaigns rely on the popular blogging/website management platform.

“This research project started when we began to notice that more and more political websites were being built on WordPress. We focused on a couple of key categories: state parties, U.S. House races, U.S. Senate races, and Gubernatorial races. We looked at all of the major-party candidates across these categories and manually checked to see what content management system was being used,” commented Slutsky via a blog post.

The results show that WordPress is used in 35% of congressional races, 44% of gubernatorial races, 40% of U.S. senate races and represent 41% of state political parties. Meanwhile, both websites providing content for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions used WordPress for maintenance.

WordPress is available as both a free blogging platform (via WordPress.com and owned by Automattic) and as open-source software (WordPress.org). You can view the infographic here.