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See How Real News (Scott Walker Dropping Out) Crushed A GIF (Pizza Rat) On Twitter

Beginning at 4:09 p.m., more people were talking about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is dropping out of the race, than were talking about the rat that carried a pizza slice down the NYC subway steps. Small victories!

Posted on September 21, 2015, at 5:07 p.m. ET

The big story on Twitter on Monday afternoon was pizza rat — until news broke that Scott Walker would be leaving the presidential race.

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For most of the late afternoon, pizza rat was Twitter's obsession:

A little past 4 p.m., though, Walker announced a news conference:

Scott Walker just announces newser at 5 pm CT in Madison, WI

Then, at 4:07 p.m., the New York Times broke the news that Walker would be dropping out of the Republican presidential primary race:

BREAKING: Walker dropping out. http://t.co/OYS0P5aZzW

Seeing the Big Picture, there was the Important Question:

SEEKING: @Twitter stats on "pizza rat" v. "Scott Walker" mentions from say 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Twitter came through: Data show that Scott Walker mentions matched—and then outnumbered—pizza rat mentions. Walker overtook the rat at 4:09 p.m.

Pizza rat—and Scott Walker—we hardly knew ye.

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