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The press has its undis­puted pres­i­den­tial fa­vorites. In the last nine months, Hil­lary Clin­ton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have re­ceived more cov­er­age than any other hope­fuls in the White House derby. They are, in fact, neck and neck, each the sub­ject of 82 sto­ries — this ac­cord­ing to a Pew Re­search Cen­ter study of na­tional news cov­er­age from Jan. 1 through the end of Septem­ber. The pair out­dis­tance their ri­vals plenty.

Mitt Rom­ney is in third place with 74 sto­ries, fol­lowed by Sens. Ted Cruz (68 sto­ries) and Rand Paul (67), and Jeb Bush (53). The only Demo­crat to even reg­is­ter in the rat­ing is Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, with 22 sto­ries.

“Although we’re still two years out from the pres­i­den­tial race, there’s more cov­er­age this time around than in pre­vi­ous elec­tion cy­cles,” the anal­y­sis says, not­ing that 541 sto­ries were writ­ten about the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign so far this year — dou­ble the num­ber of sto­ries gen­er­ated dur­ing the same time pe­riod in 2010. Why the GOP-cen­tric cov­er­age? Only a sec­ond anal­y­sis judg­ing the ac­tual con­tent and slant of the sto­ries can an­swer that one.

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