US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) poses for pictures with students shooting "selfies" after confirming his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Va., March 23, 2015.
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Which 2016er is winning the Facebook race so far?

So far in the 2016 presidential election race, four candidates have officially declared their candidacy: Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.

Rubio, Cruz, and Paul launched with speeches and rallies, while Clinton launched by releasing a video on social media rather than an official event.

So which campaign launch generated the most buzz on Facebook, the world’s largest social network? Facebook provided msnbc with data on how much discussion each candidate’s announcement generated on the day of their official launch.

How do they stack up? Here’s a look at the numbers released by Facebook. So far, Hillary Clinton’s announcement generated the most buzz on its first day than any of the other campaign announcements.

Marco Rubio

695,000 U.S. Facebook users

1.3 million interactions (defined as likes, posts, comments, shares) related to Marco Rubio and his announcement.

(Data from 12:00 a.m. ET April 13 to 12:00 a.m. ET April 14)


Hillary Clinton

4.7 million U.S. Facebook users

10.1 million interactions

(Data from 12:00 a.m. ET on April 12 to 12:00 a.m. on April 13)


Rand Paul

865,000 U.S. Facebook users

1.9 million interactions

(Data from 12:00 a.m. ET April 7 to 12:00 a.m. ET on April 8)


Ted Cruz

2.1 million U.S. Facebook users

5.5 million interactions

(Data from 12:00 ET on March 23 to 12:00 am ET on March 24)