Ted Cruz steals the social media spotlight

October 29, 2015

By Angela Moon

Ted Cruz stole the spotlight on social media as he unleashed a tirade on CNBC debate moderators and media in general for creating tension among the candidates and not addressing “substantive issues”.

The Texas senator scored the highest activity level — total number of views, shares, likes, and mentions a candidate receives on social media networks — for the night, according to Zoomph, an analytics platform that tracks real-time data on social media.

He had 27,500 engagements on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ by the end of the debate, while Rubio followed with 21,000 engagements. Bush was third on social media engagement with what Zoomph calls an activity level at 15,000, while Carson and Trump scored 14,600 and 12,500, respectively.

On Twitter, however, Carson had the highest number of new followers with more than 7,000 new accounts following him by the end of the debate, according to an analysis by CNBC. Rubio was second with about 4,000 new followers, while Trump had 3,600 new followers and Cruz had 3,300 new followers.

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