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PEJ Study: Clinton, Democrats, Received Most Campaign Coverage

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PEJ Study: Clinton, Democrats, Received Most Campaign Coverage

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Hillary Clinton received more media exposure than any other presidential candidate in the days surrounding the New Hampshire primary, according to a new study from the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The survey found that 37% of campaign stories between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11 "were either significantly or mainly about" Clinton. Barack Obama followed with 32%, while John McCain was third at 24%. Mitt Romney received 19% of stories.

The New Hampshire primary was held on Jan. 8.

Democrats, meanwhile, received substantially more coverage as a group, 43%, than the 32% Republicans had, with 19% about both parties, the report said.

The findings are from the first Campaign Coverage Index, the latest in a string of studies PEJ has been producing in recent years. The survey uses the same mix of broadcast, cable and newspaper outlets that are reviewed for its talk show and news index reports.

The CCI will be an ongoing feature, according to Mark Jurkowitz, PEJ associate director, for each primary, at least until nominees are chosen.

"We realized that the intense level of media coverage in what is the high point of the primary campaign is something to look at," Jurkowitz said. …

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