A few candidates who will likely be going home disappointed tonight won on at least one measure this election cycle: media attention.
A survey by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, which tracks how news organizations cover stories, found that the media showered coverage this year on several candidates who trail by double digits in recent public polls, including N.Y. gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Florida Senate candidate Charlie Crist.
And second only to the president in the number of election stories primarily addressing a single newsmaker: Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. O'Donnell was the subject of about 160 stories in the survey.
Paladino was featured in 52 stories; Arkansas Senate candidate Blanche Lincoln (who faced a contested primary but now trails her Republican opponent badly) also clocks in at 52; and Republican Meg Whitman, who has spent over $140 million of her own money on her gubernatorial bid in California, was the main subject of 90 stories.
Both Nevada Senate candidates and Kentucky Senate contender Rand Paul were also among the top newsmakers, according to the study.
The project has tracked 52 different news outlets -- including television, cable, online, radio, and newspapers -- since January of this year. A story would be coded as a specific "newsmaker" story only if the figure was the "dominant force" of the story, explains Project Associate Director Mark Jurkowitz.
About 10 percent of all news stories over that period of time focused on the 2010 elections, Jurkowitz said.