Top tailgating must-haves in Iowa and Illinois

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As big games abound, Quad Citians love their tailgating, and they have strong opinions on what they want to eat and drink during their pregame parties.

According to recent social media data, Iowa is the top tailgating state. The top tailgating food in the Hawkeye State is chicken wings, whereas burgers won out in the Land of Lincoln. Both Illinois and Iowa favored Bud Light as their beer of choice for tailgating.

Here is the state breakdown for top tailgating foods and beers:
Burgers – 27 states
Ribs – 13 states
Chicken Wings – 8 states
Pulled Pork – 2 states

Bud Light – 25 states
Coors Light – 10 states
Miller Lite – 9 states
Budweiser – 6 states

Stats are based on geotagged twitter data in the last month, tracking tweets, hashtags, and direct keyword phrases about tailgating and the foods and beers most associated with tailgating in each state. Over 300,000 tweets were tracked.

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