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 SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (I-Vt.) and Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg hopes cruises will return by mid-summer Biden to host bipartisan talks on infrastructure next week The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip 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.


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.  

The study also notes that former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas) saw a precipitous drop in mentions from the prior week, with a decrease of 55 percent. 

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting 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 BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration 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 HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris 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 Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.) and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperOn The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision Senate rejects Cruz effort to block stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants MORE come in with zero percent.