Trump drives social media conversation

Trump drives social media conversation

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment 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 CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention 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 PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program 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.