Sanders again steals GOP debate Twitter buzz
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE again stole much of the buzz on social media during the latest Republican debate on Thursday night.

Sanders had two of the most retweeted tweets during the debate, with a pair touting his position in polls and going after GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE's proposal to ban Muslims from the U.S. Both got more than 5,000 retweets:

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, whom Sanders is battling closely in Iowa and New Hampshire, also shared a tweet going after Trump's vow to "make America great again" that received nearly 3,000 retweets:

Trump, who has the largest number of followers at 5.69 million compared to Clinton's 5.12 million and Sanders's 1.14 million, did not tweet during the debate in South Carolina though he led much of the online conversation.

The most tweeted moment for the sixth GOP debate was Chris Christie telling President Obama he wanted to "kick your rear end out of the White House."

Sanders trailed only Trump in follower growth during the debate, with Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE gaining the third- and fourth-most followers, respectively.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE, who boycotted the undercard debate after being dropped from the prime-time stage, came in fifth in follower growth.

Sanders has a vocal online following and has more than once before received the most online buzz during GOP debates.