There currently are at least 13 current (or former) 2016 presidential candidates on Snapchat. The ephemeral social network is likely to be a big part of candidates’ plan to reach Millennials to earn their votes.
• Jeb Bush joined Snapchat on Jan. 6, 2015, as jebbush.
• The most recent to join the ranks was Ted Cruz, who announced his Snapchat username – cruz4president – on Twitter on Jan. 4. In the past, Cruz had purchased Snapchat filters, including during college football rivalry games.
So far, the list of candidates on Snapchat includes:
Jeb Bush – jebbush
Ted Cruz – cruz4president
Ben Carson – DrBenCarson
Bernie Sanders – bernie.sanders
Hillary Clinton – hillaryclinton
Carly Fiorina – carlyforamerica
Lindsey Graham – LindseyGrahamSC
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley – GovernorOMalley
Texas Governor Rick Perry – governorperry
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul – SenatorRandPaul
Florida Senator Marco Rubio – marcorubio16
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – govscottwalker
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – christie.2016
Rick Perry used Snapchat to officially announce his presidency. Read more about how he did that here.
Snapchat itself is hiring “content analysts” to help in its coverage of the 2016 election and other events.
Tweets announcing presidential candidates on Snapchat
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 6, 2016
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 5, 2016
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 20, 2015
What is this Snapshot thing and why do I only get ten seconds? pic.twitter.com/5RfsywwE2Z
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 16, 2015
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 10, 2015
I just joined Snapchat. Follow me at GovernorOMalley for a sneak peak at my trip to New Hampshire.
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) March 6, 2015
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) June 3, 2015
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 15, 2015