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Twitter picks winner after debate; one candidate blows others out of water with new followers

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If the hope was to generate a buzz on social media, one Republican stood far above the rest in Thursday’s debate.

With 10 candidates on stage vying for the support of GOP voters, Dr. Ben Carson managed to pick up more Twitter followers during the debate than any of his competitors – by a long shot.

According to Time editor Ryan Beckwith, most of the candidates in the prime-time debate managed to pick up around 5,000 new followers – with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie earning a mere 2,000 followers. The soft-spoken neurosurgeon apparently made quite a splash on social media despite his limited time speaking, gaining an impressive 24,000 new followers.

It’s not hard to see why. Buzz over Carson’s performance continued into Friday morning.

While Beckwith’s statistics certainly give some insight into who seemed to win the debate among social media users, many conservatives were a little upset that former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s statistics were not included from her performance in the earlier debate Thursday night.

After all, she was the most searched candidate on Google during the early “happy hour” debate, according to The Hill.

Still, Carson’s impressive performance shows his power to influence the Republican message moving forward. 

Especially when compared to Christie’s.  

Michael Schaus


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