Gabbard news items generating more social interactions than other 2020 Democrats: study

Gabbard news items generating more social interactions than other 2020 Democrats: study
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News stories centered on Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardYang qualifies for New Hampshire debate stage Poll: Bernie Sanders holds 9-point lead in New Hampshire The establishment scam of 'unity' MORE's (D-Hawaii) presidential campaign have generated more social media interactions than any other 2020 Democrat, according to data analyzed by Axios.

The news outlet analyzed interactions on Facebook and Twitter — measured as likes, comments and shares — from Sept. 16 to Dec. 8 and found Gabbard outpaced all other 2020 Democratic candidates, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE coming in as a close second.

Gabbard generated an average of 858 social media interactions for each news story. Biden averaged 852 interactions, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (I-Vt.) garnered 763 and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (D-Mass.) came in fourth with an average of 648 interactions.

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Gabbard has had several viral moments on the debate stage, as she has frequently taken aim at her fellow Democratic opponents and has even dueled with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE.

Gabbard in one exchange called Clinton the “queen of warmongers” and “embodiment of corruption.”

Gabbard also sparred with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.), criticizing the former presidential candidate's record as attorney general of California.

Axios noted Gabbard’s penchant for social media interactions is due, in part, to her appeal to right-wing media.

This week, Gabbard said that she wouldn't participate in the upcoming December debate even if she qualifies.

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“For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls,” she tweeted Monday. “I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.” 

She previously threatened to boycott the October debate, alleging that the Democratic National Committee and media were “rigging” the presidential race.