Trump dominates Google during debate
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Bush ethics lawyer: Trump should strip Flynn of military title Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California MORE is dominating Google searches during Thursday night's GOP debate, despite not being on the stage.

The debate is sponsored by Fox News and Google. 

Trump announced earlier this week he wouldn't attend the event, just four days before the Iowa caucuses, claiming he was treated unfairly by Fox News. The network sent out a press release earlier this week mocking the billionaire businessman, who has had a long feud with Fox anchor Megyn Kelly.

Instead of attending the debate, Trump is holding his own event at the same time to raise money for veterans.

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Trump is by far the most Google-searched candidate even in the lead up to the 9 p.m. debate. Other candidates who are on the stage Thursday have had far less traffic than Trump.

He's been leading the polls both nationally and in Iowa. He leads his closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzNet neutrality fight descends into trench warfare Secret Service: No guns at Trump NRA speech Cruz: Breaking up 9th Circuit Court ‘a possibility’ MORE, in Iowa by 6.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.