Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Fox News has run more coverage on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) than on any of the likely or possible 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls apart from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The big picture: The WashPost analyzed data to uncover which 2020 Democratic candidates and potential runners had the most Fox News airtime since the midterm elections. Coverage of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Warren soared when they entered the race, but they were often mentioned on Fox News even before announcing their presidential ambitions.

Details: Analysis of the Internet Archive's database of television closed-captioning data from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16 shows:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was second only to Warren in polling over 0.25% in the average percentage of daily 15-second segment mentions. The social media star is too young to run for president in 2020, but she has become a favorite target of conservatives and Fox News as a result of her embrace of democratic socialism.
  • Fox News covered Warren more than any other leading Democratic politician.
  • The network's biggest spike in single-day density of mentions goes to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) — the second-most referenced Democratic presidential hopeful after Warren.
  • Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) received minimal coverage.

Why it matters: Fox News holds a great deal of influence on voters. It is the most trusted network by Republican and Republican-leaning voters, and a favorite of President Trump.

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Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26

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The Senate will vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Monday, Oct. 26, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday.

The big picture: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote this Thursday to advance Barrett's nomination to the full Senate floor. Democrats have acknowledged that there's nothing procedurally they can do to stop Barrett's confirmation, which will take place just one week out from Election Day.

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