Greg Nash

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, where he declined to endorse presidential nominee Donald Trump, dominated online chatter.

Cruz’s speech ended with a cascade of boos from the audience and overshadowed what was supposed to be the night’s highlight: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s acceptance of the party’s vice presidential nomination.

Google said searches for Cruz rose 1,100 percent, as opposed to 450 percent for Pence. There was also an 800 percent increase in searches for the phrase “vote your conscience,” which Cruz used during his speech.

{mosads}The top question-based searches for Cruz included: “Why didn’t Cruz endorse Trump?” and “Why were people booing Ted Cruz?,” according to Google.

Facebook also said Cruz’s speech was the top moment on the social platform Wednesday night.

In his speech, Cruz failed to endorse his party’s nominee and was heckled by the crowd. He instead urged Republicans to follow their conscience when they vote in November.

He said on Thursday morning that his motivations not to endorse Trump were partly personal.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said.

Trump had mocked his wife’s appearance and suggested Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, may have had a role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Cruz’s speech largely distracted press coverage from Pence, who attacked presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and introduced himself to Republicans and the broader television audience in his speech.

It’s been a difficult convention for Trump. Allegations that Melania Trump’s speech was plagiarized from first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech dominated coverage early in the week.

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