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Who won Saturday night’s GOP debate?
The stats are overwhelming.
The most heated Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election has a clear winner, according to real-time Internet metrics.
Donald Trump dominated the online conversation Saturday night, raking in the most Twitter followers, generating the most Google searches, and sparking the most talked-about moments of the CBS News debate.
Of course, Trump had an advantage, given that he was the most searched candidate before the debate began, too.
Trump made it a point to go after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush all night long, but his biggest moment—in fact, according to Twitter data, the biggest moment—came when he called out Jeb’s brother, former President George W. Bush, for not stopping the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The second and third most-tweeted moments also belonged to Trump, who took jabs at Cruz and (of course) Jeb Bush.
The interest in Trump’s barrage of on-stage attacks may include a hefty portion of criticism and mockery from all political stripes, but it’s also helped Trump gain a whole new batch of followers.
Saturday night’s debate, held in Greenville, South Carolina, comes just seven days before voters in that state head to the polls for the South Carolina Republican primary on Feb. 20.
Screenshot via CBS News
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.