Whoever stands up to challenge Rep. Rashida Tlaib for the newly created 12th District Congressional seat will have to beat not only her fundraising, but her social media presence.
A new analysis shows that articles about Tlaib, D-Detroit, gain the fourth-highest social-media engagement among national politicians, behind only those featuring Sen. Ted Cruz, fellow Squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
New data finds that the nation's most polarizing politicians are often the ones that garner the most attention online.
Why it matters: Online engagement helps politicians build a bigger national profile and more fundraising power, incentivizing them be more outrageous, more polarizing and more divisive.
By the numbers: Topping the list are lightning rods from each party — politicians who fire up their base while providing ammunition for the other party — according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.
According to the NewsWhip survey, articles about Tlaib get an average of 1,500 social-media engagements. The story did not indicate whether these engagements reflected good or bad feelings about the Detroit Democrat, first elected in 2018.