Clinton takes lead in presidential bid social battle

Stickers are handed out to supporters of Hillary Clinton at a rally in Manhattan on April 11, 2015, in New York City.
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Stickers are handed out to supporters of Hillary Clinton at a rally in Manhattan on April 11, 2015, in New York City.

Hillary Clinton has taken an early lead against other presidential hopefuls in one key area: social media (Tweet this).

According to Facebook, the former secretary of state's announcement that she is running for president garnered a little more than 10 million interactions (likes, shares and comments) in 24 hours. Clinton announced her candidacy on Sunday.

Fellow presidential hopefuls Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, however, only received 1.9 million and 5.5 million interactions, respectively, within the same time period, Facebook also said. Paul announced his candidacy on Tuesday and Cruz on March 23.

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Clinton's announcement also got massive traction within the Twitter-verse, as more than 420,000 tweets mentioned her name in 2.5 hours, according to Twitter Data.

Twitter Data also said Clinton's two announcement tweets received more than 3 million views in one hour.

On Monday afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio's name was trending in both Facebook and Twitter after he reportedly told top donors he would also be running for president. His formal announcement was scheduled for Monday evening.

Numbers of total Facebook interactions, Twitter mentions or views were not immediately available.