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President Clinton may have handily beat Bob Dole at the polls on Election Day, but he could only manage a tie in the Cover Story battle with Madonna during November.

Our chief executive collected 7 points with five appearances in Newsweek, Time and U.S. News & World Report. New momma Madonna earned the same points, also with five covers: twice on Entertainment Weekly and well as appearances on the National Enquirer, Star and Vanity Fair.

Other celebrities scoring enough points to place in the top 10 for the month: Nicole Kidman, 6 points; Michael Jordan, 5; Fran Drescher, Jenny McCarthy, Chris O'Donnell and Roseanne, 4; Sylvester Stallone, 3.5; and Jim Carrey, Cher, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Janeane Garofalo, Mel Gibson, Michael Jackson and his new bride Debbie Rowe, Patti LaBelle, Kate Moss, Molly Ringwald, Jerry Seinfeld, Frank Sinatra, Gwen Stefani, Kristin Scott Thomas and Barbra Streisand, all with 3.M

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Cover Story is Advertising Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.

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