FORT MYERS, Fla. - The best kept secret in Washington may be found by going to Wikipedia. When presumed Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney names his running mate in the coming weeks, millions of people will start researching that person. And one of the first websites to appear will be the online encyclopedia.
Wikipedia can be edited by its users, who turned out in full force in recent days to prop up the online image of the top contenders for the VP spot. If the number of edits is any indication then Ohio Senator Rob Portman appears to be the favorite. Portman's wiki page was updated nearly 20 times Wednesday afternoon and 99 times the day before. New information has been added about his work in the Bush Whitehouse, his early life and even new details about his wife.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, another top contender, saw more than two dozen updates to his wiki page on Wednesday, with several more in recent days. Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty and Paul Ryan's pages are also seeing a lot of edits.
In fact, there were so many updates that Wednesday afternoon Wikipedia locked the pages of the contenders to keep people from updating.
Why is this important? For one, the online encyclopedia is usually one of the first items to appear when you search someone's name. It's also popular, Wikipedia gets 2.7 Billion page views every month.
Four years, shortly before Sen. John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, we saw a flurry of activity on her wiki page to give people more information about the former Alaska Governor.
Of course, it could just be that some wiki users had the same idea we did, but it's something to keep an eye on.