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#IfObamaLoses trended on twitter for 4 hours

Jay: "#IfObamaLoses trended on twitter for 4 hours on Oct 28th 2012. Therefore, Obama is likely to lose the election”

Which statement weakens the argument presented by Jay?

a) #IfObamaLoses was fourth in the twitter trending list

b) #IfObamaLoses was trending when most of the American twitter users were asleep, hence the twitter trend represents a small minority of active users in the US.

c) #IfObamaLoses was started by a news channel that is speculated to be the mouthpiece for the republican party

d) #IfObamaLoses was started as a joke by a well-known democratic supporter

e) #IfObamaLoses was used predominantly by the 18-24 demographic, who were the
strongest supporter of Obama in 2008 elections.

From A and B, the later is a clear winner, hence the correct answer is B

Answer

a) IfObamaLoses was fourth in the twitter trending list

Potentially weakens the argument but have to look at other options to pick a clear winner. But still Pick Choice A.

b) #IfObamaLoses was trending when most of the American twitter users were asleep, hence the twitter trend represents a small minority of active users in the US.

Weakens the argument with an important piece of information – the twitter trend was not representative of the entire US voting public. Pick Choice B

c) #IfObamaLoses was started by a news channel that is speculated to be the mouthpiece for the republican party

The choice how the trend was originated but does not indicate whether the trend was representative of the voting public. Eliminate!

d) #IfObamaLoses was started as a joke by a well-known democratic supporter

Does not matter what the intentions were. Not relevant. Eliminate!

e) #IfObamaLoses was used predominantly by the 18-24 demographic, who were the
strongest supporter of Obama in 2008 elections.

Gives hint that the strongest Obama supporters in 2008 were the people behind this twitter trend but it does not weaken the argument but it strengthens the argument.

From A and B, the later is a clear winner, hence the correct answer is B

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