Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) are the two potential presidential candidates who've been dominating the media spotlight ahead of the 2016 election, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
The report, which analyzed the content of 15 of the country’s top newspapers, revealed that more campaign stories have been written about Clinton and Christie this year than any other potential candidate.
Specifically, from January to end September, Clinton and Christie have each been the subject of 82 newspaper stories linking them to the 2016 presidential race. Republican Mitt Romney, who has been the subject of recent speculation that he may consider a third bid for president, is next on the list, with 74 stories; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is fourth, with 68.
The 2016 presidential election may be almost two years away, but media coverage of the impending political race has already begun to “heat up,” according to the Center's report.
So far this year, more than 540 newspaper stories have been written about the 2016 race. That, says the Pew Research Center, is “double the number of stories the 2012 campaign generated during the same time period in 2010.” It’s also higher than the number of stories written during the same period in 2006, when 460 articles were published about the 2008 presidential election.
Two years out from a presidential race, the # of newspaper stories about the campaign http://t.co/PNNxnpSKRb
— PewResearch Journo (@pewjournalism) October 14, 2014
Though they've received no shortage of media attention, neither Clinton nor Christie has yet announced any plans for the 2016 election. There are clues, however, that both are seriously considering throwing a hat in the ring.
As for Romney? His wife, Ann, told the Los Angeles Times recently that another presidential campaign is certainly not on the cards.
“Done,” she told the newspaper when asked if her husband was considering another run for president. “Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done. Done, done, done."