Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., literally rolled her eyes at the idea of running for president, thus immediately sparking the Internet's interest, according to data this week from TrendPo, a D.C.-based political analytics startup. Among potential 2016 hopefuls, Warren is suddenly part of the top crop in terms of online buzz, coming in this week behind Vice President Joe Biden (who's leading the pack following news coverage of his Asia trip), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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"Each week the TrendPo Rank captures little nuances with the 2016 presidential contenders," explained TrendPo's JD Chang. Buzz, of course, as it's measured by TrendPo's ranking system, only denotes a candidate's newsworthiness and social media momentum, and doesn't account for attitudes about the pol. "With a relatively light 2016 race news week, Elizabeth Warren gets to build some momentum," Chang continued. "She's definitely an oft-talked about figure for her political stances, but TrendPo shows that slowly she's starting to gain momentum on Facebook Page Likes." On the Facebook front, Warren is gaining Facebook likes at a better pace than all other 2016 hopefuls, besides Biden.
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While Warren has moved slowly up the ranks, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., buzzed brightly last week and then fizzled. Sanders was ranked No. 4 in the overall TrendPo ranking, which looks at federal, state and local politicians, as well as pundits and political media figures. (Basically the entire political universe.) And he came in first among 2016 hopefuls after openly talking about running for president in an interview with Salon.com. Now he's back to 5,406 place.
Former Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is finally besting his Republican senate peers in terms of rank. For months, Ryan wasn't getting nearly as much attention as Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., but now he's doing much better. Last week Ryan was ranked at No. 21, above Cruz and Paul, but below Rubio. This week, he's at No. 14, ranked higher than all three of the senators. For Ryan, Christie is the one to try and beat as the New Jersey governor is the only Republican ranked ahead of him.