Trump controls debate on Twitter
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE controlled the Twitter conversation during Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate.

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The real estate mogul is responsible for 40 percent of the conversation during the CBS debate from Greenville, S.C., according to data obtained from Twitter.

Jeb Bush accounted for 20 percent of the conversation, followed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE (R-Texas), at 14 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP Senate candidates trade barbs in brutal Indiana primary Students gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (R-Fla.), at 13 percent, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at 8 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) at 5 percent.

Trump also gained the most Twitter followers of all presidential candidates, followed by Rubio, Kasich, Democratic contender Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE (who wasn't part of the debate) and Cruz.

The top three moments on Twitter all centered around the social media-savvy Trump.

The most tweeted moment was Trump calling Bush "so weak on illegal immigration that it's laughable.” 

The next most-tweeted moment happened during the back and forth between Trump and Cruz over their conservative credentials.  “You are the single biggest liar,” Trump yelled at the Texas senator.

The third biggest moment was Trump’s criticism of the George W. Bush administration and 9/11 attacks. Jeb Bush defended his brother's record, saying he kept the U.S. safe.

But the billionaire fired back. "How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center went down?" he said to boos from the audience.

This story was updated at 11:43 p.m.