Trump takes quarter of debate Twitter buzz
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE was the subject of nearly a quarter of Twitter buzz during the fourth Republican presidential debate Tuesday night in an event with eight candidates on stage.

Trump took 24 percent of the Twitter conversation, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) at 12 percent each.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) followed at 11 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) with 10 percent apiece and businesswoman Carly Fiorina at 9 percent. 

The evenly split percentage of tweets circulated for the seven candidates aside from Trump, who stood center stage based on his standing in polls, came amid rather even speaking time.

The Republican National Committee and several candidates praised Fox Business moderators for their handling of the debate on economic issues, which followed a fractious CNBC debate Oct. 28.

Several candidates led in online enthusiasm in the latest debate, with Carson, Rubio and Trump gaining the most Twitter followers during the two-hour prime-time event, according to Twitter.

Like in previous debates, the most-shared tweets of the night came not from accounts linked to the GOP candidates, but from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):