The Wikipedia page for Sen. Tim Kaine, who is rumored to be Hillary Clinton's pick for vice presidential running mate, had been edited more than 200 times by 4 p.m. on Friday.
The free online encyclopedia relies on registered users to make changes to its entries, but the website for The Atlantic magazine provides some context on what a high number of edits could mean when it comes to vice presidential contenders.
"In 2008, after John McCain’s surprise announcement that he had selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, The Washington Post reported an intriguing coincidence: Leading up to the announcement, Palin’s Wikipedia page had seen more than 65 edits over the course of the day."
And Kaine's page has seen nearly 250 edits on Friday alone, compared with fewer than 40 over the previous week.
Those edits add up to significantly more than other rumored Democratic VP contenders.
"The page of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has seen several changes over the past week. Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, saw few edits this week after an elevated number earlier this month, when she was touring with Clinton.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro’s page received about three edits per day this week, though most of the edits concerned his alleged violation of the Hatch Act.
Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and one of two candidates on Clinton’s reported shortlist, saw about 30 edits to his page this week. Most of them were just to clean up information already on his page, and they came from registered Wikipedia users."
Kaine: 200 plus. And counting.