O’Donnell ranked first among 2010 candidates. She was lead newsmaker in 160 stories, a remarkable number considering the majority of them came within the past two months.

Also, the excessive amount of coverage shows that the media will simultaneously focus on a candidate who — despite little chance of winning — makes headlines with provocative statements and actions out of character with most mainstream politicians. Similarly, the media pounced on little-known candidate Alvin Greene after he came out of nowhere to win the South Carolina Democratic primary and began making a series of bizarre comments.