Is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Democratic party’s best bet to challenge President Trump for the White House? The math says maybe.
An analytical report by Axios indicated the controversial freshman congresswoman “attracted more media attention this year than any Democrat running for President.”
Coverage of the 29-year-old rising star is more likely to get traction not only from social media, but from news sites as well, the report said, citing data obtained from the click-counting site Parsely.
Axios, a political news site, compares AOC’s mastery of social media to that of President Trump, whose bombastic Twitter account claims more than 59 million followers. Ocasio-Cortez has only 3 million Twitter followers so far, but like the President, attracts attention from a wide range of outlets.
The only Democrat who has reportedly drawn more overall coverage that Ocasio-Cortez is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is not a candidate in the 2020 Presidential race. That’s hardly surprising considering Pelosi, 78, speaks for the Democratic majority in Congress. The California congresswoman assumed office in 1987 — more than two years before Ocasio-Cortez was born.
While the majority of Pelosi’s 2019 coverage has centered around the looming Federal Government shutdown, Ocasio-Cortez drives traffic no matter what she does.
During last week’s State of the Union address, she was the third leading Google search, trailing only “State of the Union” itself and a celebrity gossip story about Jennifer Lawrence. Featured stories about Ocasio-Cortez that night focused on her sullen visual reaction to the President’s speech.
According to an Axios’ analysis, part of Ocasio-Cortez’s appeal is her ability to introduce and promote progressive ideas, using hash-tagged catch-phrases like #GreenNewDeal. She has posted nearly 70 times about that topic in less than a month.