Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis

Buttigieg second most talked-about candidate on cable news shows: analysis
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.) and Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE were the two most-mentioned 2020 presidential candidates on cable news last week, according to FiveThirtyEight.com's weekly analysis of cable news coverage. 

According to the analysis, Sanders was mentioned in more than 660 clips last week across Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

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The number of mentions for Sanders was nearly twice that as Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor who finished second among the crowded field of 15 major Democratic candidates. Overall, Buttigieg saw the biggest jump with a 68 percent increase from the week before.  


Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Hawaii) saw the biggest increase in mentions last week, but that's only because she went from one mention to 11 mentions, an increase of 1,000 percent.  

An Emerson College poll released Monday showed Sanders leading the field, with 29 percent of Democrats saying they support him, compared to 24 percent for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE, who is expected to announce his candidacy soon. Buttigieg was third in that poll, with the support of 9 percent of respondents. 
 
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) each received the support of 8 percent of respondents in the poll. Gabbard comes in with support from 1 percent, while Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.) and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperPoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate MORE come in with zero percent.