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The numbers are in, and it’s a win for Pacific

Apr 26, 2016

  • Setting a trend: More than 1,600 posts with the debate's official hashtag, #CASenDebate, made it the No. 1 trending hashtag in Sacramento and San Francisco; the No. 4 trending hashtag in Los Angeles; and the No. 38 trending hashtag nationally. The day after the debate, #CASenDebate remained the No. 2 trending hashtag in the Sacramento region.
    • A live stream of the student Speech and Debate Team's mock debate before the U.S. Senate Debate reached more than 106,000 viewers on Facebook.
  • Top news: 40 media representatives were on the Stockton Campus to cover the debate for major state and national outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bee, Telemundo (Bay Area), NBC Bay Area, KPIX-TV San Francisco, Fox LA, KCRA, KOVR, Fox40 Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, KXTV and KQED.
  • The debate was covered on the front page of every major daily newspaper in California and carried on TV stations in major markets from the Bay Area to Los Angeles and San Diego.
    • Pre-debate and debate media coverage reached 5,718,006 viewers.
  • More than 375 political and community leaders, Pacific students and guests filled the DeRosa University Center ballroom to see the candidates face off. Debate watch parties in The Lair and Janet Leigh Theatre in Stockton and at Pacific's Sacramento Campus drew 225 additional viewers.
  • Pacific's food service provider helped students and guests get in the political spirit by serving up 200 chocolate-dipped strawberries drizzled in red, white and blue; 200 patriotic cookies and macaroons; six red, white and blue-themed cakes; and vanilla yogurt parfaits with strawberries and blueberries.
  • Student-led voter registration drives signed up more than 100 new voters in the week before the debate.
  • More than 750,000 households saw the beautiful campuses of University of the Pacific during a 30-second promotional spot that aired several times before and during the debate on KCRA Channel 3, one of the debate sponsors.

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