Trump drives social media conversation

Trump drives social media conversation

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE is not only leading the field in the polls, he is also driving the social media conversation during the Republican presidential debate.

In the first hour of the debate Thursday on Fox Business Network, Trump led 33 percent of the Twitter conversation, according to data from the social media company.

Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE followed, with 25 percent of the conversation, then Ben Carson, at 11 percent, and Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush tied at 10 percent.

The billionaire GOP front-runner also gained the most Twitter followers during that hour, followed by Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' MORE, Cruz, Rubio and Chris Christie.

Paul did not qualify for the main-debate stage and boycotted the undercard debate. Instead, he invited supporters to join him in an online Facebook town hall during the earlier bout.

Since the debate started, Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also seen big Twitter growth — more than all GOP candidates except Trump, Paul and Cruz.

On Facebook, Trump was the most-discussed candidate overall. Cruz was second, followed by Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Chris Christie.

The top moment, according to data obtained from Facebook, was during a fight between Cruz and Trump over Cruz’s eligibility to be president. “I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump,” Cruz told the audience.

The top issues discussed on Facebook include Iran, immigration, ISIS, the economy and guns.

Trump has consistently dominated the social media conversation in previous GOP debates.

This story was updated at 11:52 p.m.