The Trail

“Most Popular”: A Tale of Three Front-Runners

As the campaign trail heats up, we took a look at nationwide polling, online engagement, and FEC fundraising filings to see how candidates compare across three key metrics—and we’re starting to get a clearer picture.

As the 2020 Democratic presidential field continues to shrink, we took a look at candidates’ performances across three key metrics: polling, social media engagement, and fundraising.

In the first two categories, all five candidates are ranked in the same order. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes a particularly strong lead when it comes to average retweets, with over double the amount of his next closest opponent—4,686 to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 1,966.

When it comes to fundraising, the remaining billionaire, self-funding former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, cinches a clear lead, with over $200 million in contributions. That’s twice more than Sanders, who comes in second with over $109 million, but whose campaign is funded largely by individual contributions under $200.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in a consistent fourth in polling and average retweets, but edged out Biden for total contributions.

With voters in 14 states making their choices tomorrow, we’ll be watching to see if their votes line up accordingly.