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Data: Quorum; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Both of the Democrats' vulnerable Arizona senators have been some of the most active lawmakers in hyping "infrastructure" in their press releases, newsletters, tweets and Facebook posts.

Why it matters: Democrats are hopeful their successes on roads, bridges — and, possibly, expanding the social safety net — will lessen losses they're expecting in the 2022 midterms. The social media activity has been tracked since President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package into law.

By the numbers: Quorum analyzed all Congressional press releases, newsletters to constituents, floor statements, tweets and Facebook posts with mentions of "infrastructure" since Nov. 15.

  • The total number of mentions: 3,168
  • Nine of the top 10 members of Congress with the most mentions are Democrats, with Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a Republican who is retiring, coming in 10th.
  • Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), who is facing a tough re-election campaign, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who has faced criticism from progressives for her role in trimming the president's spending plans, also place in the top 10.
  • When including "federal executives" in the search, Vice President Kamala Harris came in 13th for most mentions of "infrastructure" in public statements, posts and releases.

Go deeper

First look: Sinema targeted with $1 million ad buy

Ad screenshot. Courtesy: Defending American Democracy

The bipartisan group Defending American Democracy is spending $1 million on a TV ad targeting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), has rejected proposals to lower the filibuster threshold to pass election reform legislation with only Democratic votes — while voting rights is front and center for the Democratic Party.

Scoop: Bipartisan Senate group in talks about election reform measure

Sen. Susan Collins walks into the Capitol basement Wednesday with fellow Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A new bipartisan Senate group is in early discussions about crafting an election reform measure, as the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights proposals continue to run into steep procedural hurdles.

Driving the news: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) convened a Zoom call late Wednesday afternoon as a cross-section of lawmakers from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) have expressed openness to reforming the outdated bill.

Harris: “I don’t think about” whether Biden will run in 2024

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she and President Biden have not spoken about re-election plans and she doesn't "think about it."

Driving the news: "We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven't completed our first year and we're in the middle of a pandemic," Harris said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

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