CNET – Internet christens Trump the GOP debate winner (again)
January 15, 2016
by Terry Collins, CNET
"The Donald" dominates conversation on Twitter during the sixth Republican presidential debate, crushing rival Ted Cruz and other candidates.
Donald Trump isn't letting up. He and his supporters continue to steamroll the GOP competition on the debate stage and on social media.
The Republican front-runner for president of the United States was the most talked about candidate on Twitter during the sixth GOP debate, held Thursday in North Charleston, South Carolina. Trump accounted for 38 percent of all mentions, according to the social network. He's so far ahead of his competition that his share of the conversation represented more than Sen. Ted Cruz (22 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11 percent) combined.
People tweeted more than 800,000 debate-related tweets during the event, according to data from Spredfast, a company that specializes in social-media data. Trump was mentioned in roughly half of the tweets measured by Spredfast and other social media analysis platforms including Engagement Labs and Brandwatch.