Numbers Monday: Paul Ryan Wins the Week

Romney's running mate catapults over other hopefuls.

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It's not really all that surprising that this Numbers Monday will be spent talking about Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Ryan, along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was instrumental in ushering along a compromise budget deal -- that already passed in the House -- which, in turn, propelled him to the top of all other 2016 hopefuls in TrendPo's ranking of online buzz.

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Ryan is now No. 6 in overall rank, which includes all members of the political universe. (Those above him include President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush et al.) Out of 2016 hopefuls, he's closely followed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at No. 7; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, at No. 10; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, at No. 13.

For weeks, Ryan was down, way down, in TrendPo's ranking, as other Republicans - including Christie and Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Cruz gained online steam. But now, with Ryan's name back in the news, he's experiencing a social media pickup as well. And, according to TrendPo's J.D. Chang, Ryan can continue this growth as long as he stays involved in policy.

"Unlike other sideline public servants like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, Paul [Ryan] can gain huge momentum with his policy making," Chang wrote Whispers.

TrendPo, a D.C.-based political analytics startup, looks at both media hits and social media momentum when tabulating its rankings, which are comprised of national, state and local politicos, along with pundits and political media personalities.

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