Trump dominates Google during debate
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE, in Iowa by 6.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.