The Fourth Branch

Ranking the Presidential Candidates

Last week, as the Democratic debates took over the political Twittersphere, D.C. journalists and pundits discussed some candidates more than others. Taking the lead? Former Vice President Joe Biden.

As the Democratic presidential candidates faced off for the first time in last week’s debates, D.C. journalists and pundits tweeted about some candidates much more than others.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was the most mentioned among the Democratic candidates, with 651 tweets by D.C. journalists and pundits last week. In not-so-close second came Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with 376 mentions.

Those numbers are still far behind President Trump’s 1,365 media Twitter mentions last week. Even former President Obama nabbed 117 media mentions on Twitter —more than a large number of candidates including U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Also telling was who didn’t make the most-mentioned list: Businessman Andrew Yang—a candidate who had a huge gain in Twitter followers over the past week—as well as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).