Donald Trump wins 2016 Twitter power rankings. Again.

Proof Donald Trump Tweets Before He Reads

Proof Donald Trump Tweets Before He Reads

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Nov. 21 2015 9:00 AM

This Week’s 2016 Twitter Power Rankings

Donald Trump speaks at a news conference before a public signing for his new book 'Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again,' at the Trump Tower Atrium on November 3, 2015.

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Rectangles are sized by number of retweets. Click on a candidate to zoom in.
Interactive by Andrew Kahn

Hello and welcome to Week 13 of the Slatest’s 2016 Twitter Power Rankings. Above, you’ll find our handy interactive of the entire week’s worth of candidate tweets: how many each White House hopeful sent and how often they were retweeted and favorited, along with how each fared in the 140-character fight with their political rivals on both sides of the aisle. (Click to zoom in on a particular candidate, and click again to see the content of each tweet.)

Below, meanwhile, you’ll find our tried-and-true method of ranking each candidate’s single most successful tweet of the past seven days. Together, the two offer a helpful snapshot of which topics dominated the political conversation online and also give us some insight into which contenders are winning the campaign Twitter wars and why.


The ground rules again:

  • For the rankings below, we’re defining a candidate’s most successful tweet as the one that receives the most retweets.
  • Tweets that include a direct request for a retweet are ineligible for the traditional rankings because that’s cheating. RT if you agree! (Retweet-begging tweets, though, will still appear in the interactive at the top.)
  • Only tweets from the past seven days are eligible. Since we’ll publish the weekly rankings every Friday, that means any tweet sent in the seven days prior to when we hit the big red button at around 10 a.m. to cull all the data.

Without any further ado:

1.) Donald Trump (Last Week: 2)


2.) Bernie Sanders (1)

3.) Hillary Clinton (3)

4.) Ben Carson (4)

5.) Ted Cruz (5)


6.) Marco Rubio (7)

7.) Carly Fiorina (9)

8.) George Pataki (16)

9.) Jeb Bush (6)


10.) Rand Paul (11)

11.) Mike Huckabee (8)

12.) Martin O'Malley (10)

13.) Chris Christie (15)


14.) Rick Santorum (14)

15.) John Kasich (13)

16.) Lindsey Graham (17)

17.) Jim Gilmore (18)


Double Winner: Donald Trump

The Donald bested the field in both the Single RT category and the Overall RT one this week. That's fitting given much of the Beltway was convinced that the terrorist attacks in Paris would knock Trump out of what they promised would be a more sober and responsible political discussion about national security. Instead, on the trail (as on Twitter), it was Trump that was setting the terms of the GOP debate.

Gone and Quickly Forgotten: Bobby Jindal

Slate-Themed Tweet of the Week: Trump

Actually, no, no it doesn't, Donald.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in northeast Ohio.

Andrew Kahn is Slate’s assistant interactives editor. Follow him on Twitter.