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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton Campaign Song Contest: The Winner Is...

This has been an exciting summer in politics. Hillary has been travelling around the country, meeting with voters and showing why she's the best candidate to not only lead the Democratic ticket but also to lead this country--and she's still in the best position out of anybody to win the Democratic nomination! Speaking of winning, we've got a big announcement to make here on our Hillary In 2016 blog.

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It all started on June 1 when you had the chance to submit as many songs as you wanted for our unofficial Hillary Campaign Song contest. This began the process of choosing which song we Hillary supporters believe should be her official 2016 campaign song. In the latter half of the month, voting commenced with 41 songs in contention. First, you narrowed the field down to 20, then to 10 and then to five. Once August was upon us, the rapid-fire voting rounds began; each week in the month of August was a new round and one song from the Top 5 was eliminated each week. During the week of August 24, only two songs remained ("Brave" and "Roar") and voting opened one final time.

After three whole months, it is now time to announce the winning song. To quote Ryan Seacrest on American Idol, dim the lights, here we go...

The winner of our Hillary Campaign Song contest is...


Here are some stats on how "Roar" fared throughout the contest. When you all sent in song submissions, "Roar" was the second most submitted song, so already it was starting off on very strong footing. That continued during Round 1, receiving the most votes, with 40.9%. It stayed in first place during Round 2, but slipped to second place in Round 3 (this was the week "Fighters" dominated). "Roar" stayed in second in Top 5 Week (this was when "Run the World (Girls)" came in first). But it regained the top spot in Top 4 Week with 38.5%. During Top 3 Week, not only did it receive the most votes again, but it dominated over the other two songs with 61.1%. When only two songs remained, those who voted for the third-place finisher shifted their support, resulting in "Roar" running away with the win at 73.3%!

And since I have done this for every other song in the Top 5, here's some stats for the runner-up. In Round 1, "Brave" was tied for third place at 18.2%. It stayed in second during Round 2 but gained a bit more support to receive 25.5% of the votes. Unfortunately, that support plummeted in Round 3, and almost didn't make the cut. At the Top 5 and Top 4, its support was still somewhat sluggish. But during this rapid-fire voting, as more songs were cut, voters of those eliminated songs shifted their support, resulting in "Brave" landing in the Top 2 and becoming the runner-up. "Brave" was definitely the underdog all throughout the contest.

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Both "Roar" and "Brave" are fantastic songs--and I was excited to see them make it to the end!

Thank you to everyone who participated all throughout the summer, from submitting songs to voting in each round. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I think "Roar" is definitely a worthy choice! Keep in mind that I am not affiliated with Hillary Clinton or her campaign, so this contest was not being used to find an official campaign song. But as you can see, "Roar" is the top choice of Hillary supporters and we can't wait to see what song Hillary for America chooses.

You held me down, but I got up (hey)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake your ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready 'cause I've had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am the champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!

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