Trump dominates Google during debate
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhy Americans should be bitter over Trump’s sweetened Mexican sugar deal Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia Kobach fined over Trump meeting memo 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 CruzTrump maintains healthcare push heading into weekend Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report US gas exports not the elixir to European energy security MORE, in Iowa by 6.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.