Sanders again steals GOP debate Twitter buzz
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices 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 TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE's proposal to ban Muslims from the U.S. Both got more than 5,000 retweets:

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing 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.
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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 Cruz5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Rubio slams NY Times for 'absurd criticism' of Bolton over Iran MORE gaining the third- and fourth-most followers, respectively.

Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMedia fails spectacularly at smearing Rand Paul for surgery in Canada Rand Paul to have hernia surgery in Canada Ron Paul: Remove incentives for illegal immigrants instead of building border wall 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.