7 Key Social Stats From #GOPDebate No. 3

#GOPDebate was mentioned more than 605,000 times on Twitter during the debate, driving more than 6.7 billion potential impressions.

Hundreds of thousands of people were chatting about #GOPDebate Wednesday night, as Republican candidates for the 2016 election went head-to-head on CNBC.

Much of the chatter happened on social media, where GIFs, reactions and analysis flew fast. But which candidates were most effective or most talked about on social media? According to ListenFirst Media, #GOPDebate was mentioned more than 605,000 times on Twitter during the debate, driving more than 6.7 billion potential impressions.

SocialTimes tapped a variety of sources showing how last night’s GOP debate unfolded through social media.

1) @MarcoRubio received the most Twitter mentions, with more than 828,000 — almost 8 times more than @realDonaldTrump. (Talkwalker)

Here were the top 5 most-talked about candidates on Twitter before, during and shortly after the debate:

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2) Ben Carson gained the most Twitter followers of any debate participant last night. (Vocativ)

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3) Gun control and the economy were the most-talked about debate topics on social. (Synthesio)

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4) Trump was the most engaged candidate on social overall, taking into account Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube. Carson was a close second. (ListenFirst Media)

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5) Most-tweeted moment: Ted Cruz calling out the media and CNBC moderators over questions. (Twitter)

However, the most-retweeted tweet about the debate came from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

6) Rubio was the most engaging candidate on Facebook. (Engagement Labs)

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.23.33 AM7) Many, many more people were tweeting about the debate than the World Series on Wednesday night. (Spredfast)

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