If it's Monday, it's numbers Monday here at Washington Whispers and we're going to take a glance at where our 2016 contenders stand as far as online buzz. TrendPo, a D.C. startup, ranks these pols by social media growth and news mentions.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been standing firm at the top of our current crop of 2016 wannabes, but looking at Monday's snapshot, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is catching up. "It's interesting to see that just in the last week, Christie has fallen to No. 6, while Hillary Clinton has risen from mid-teens to No. 8," explained TrendPo's J.D. Chang. "Notably, this is likely due to Obamacare and Bill Clinton's entrance into the matter."
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Those included in the TrendPo ranking system include members of Congress, governors and mayors, along with challengers leading up to an election. State legislators, political pundits and media figures are also in the mix. This is how Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., once GOP nominee Mitt Romney's running mate, now clocks in at No. 845. And how former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is certainly getting presidential inside-the-beltway chatter, only comes in at No. 380.
Another interesting thing to note is how close on the heels Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is to Clinton, with Warren at No. 11, to Clinton's No. 8. (And poor Joe Biden is at No. 89.)
Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are both losing some traction within the Beltway media, but are still making gains in social media.
Additionally, last week Karl Rove put two not oft-mentioned governors into play -- Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan. They're behind the pack of Christie, Cruz, Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., but getting more buzz in the news and in social media than Bush and Ryan, making them two GOP contenders to definitely watch going forward.