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Donald Trump Has Replaced Sarah Palin


...more-than-somewhat predictably. Silver:
The search includes all sources on NewsLibrary.com — a combination of about 4,000 newspapers, blogs and television and radio stations — other than press releases, which I’ve excluded. I’ve tracked citations for the 23 Republican candidates who have been mentioned in at least one poll since the midterm elections in November.

During the month of November 2010, Ms. Palin’s name retrieved 777 hits, according to this technique. That represented just over half of the 1,533 citations for all 23 candidates combined.

So far this month, however, Ms. Palin has accounted for just 124 hits out of 1,090 total, or roughly 11 percent. Instead, her place has been taken by Mr. Trump, who has accounted for about 40 percent of the coverage.

The decline in media coverage for Ms. Palin tracks with a decline in her polling numbers. Whereas she was pulling between 15 and 20 percent of the Republican primary vote in polls conducted several months ago, she’s down to about 10 percent in most surveys now.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, whose media coverage has increased exponentially, has surged in the polls, and is essentially in a three-way tie for the lead with Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee over an average of recent surveys.
So this begs the question: if Sarah Palin -- if -- is still contemplating a presidential run, how much crazy is she willing to bring to her campaign?

Because if she's going to run against Donald Trump, she's going to have to crank it up a notch (or five).