Trump controls Twitter conversation despite debate snub

Despite skipping Thursday's Republican presidential debate, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Press 'refusing to report' I'm winning Crossing fingers: A Canadian observer's view of the US election Post headline asks: ‘How fascist is Donald Trump?’ MORE is the talk of social media. 

The real estate mogul has dominated 36 percent of the conversation on Twitter during Fox News' debate​, according to data obtained from Twitter​.  

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) follows with a distant 16 percent, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at 13 percent. 

Counting only the candidates on stage, Cruz mentions controlled 25 percent of the Twitter conversation, with Rubio at 20 percent and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at 16 percent. 

Facebook data, which calculated only the candidates on stage, shows Ted Cruz as the most-discussed candidate with 41 percent of the Facebook conversation. Marco Rubio followed with 18 percent, Rand Paul at 15 percent, Ben Carson at 10 percent, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) at 8 percent, Jeb Bush at 5 percent and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) at 3 percent. 

But when asked where Donald Trump factored into the Facebook conversation, a spokesperson for Facebook told The Hill, “If [Trump] had participated and been included in the list, he would have ranked number one with twice as many people talking about him as Cruz.” 

The top state talking about the debate on Facebook was Iowa – with Wyoming, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Vermont following. 

Trump, who is boycotting the debate amid a feud with Fox News, instead held an event three miles away from the debate venue to raise funds for veterans’ organizations.  

Despite skipping the debate, Trump was the subject of conversation at times during the event.