How the Democratic Candidates Stacked Up on Tuesday Night With Twitter Mentions

Sanders and Clinton in a dead heat

After last night's five-candidate Democratic debate, most media pundits said former secretary of state Hillary Clinton won—while a CNN-led Facebook poll gave the victory to Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont. 

So we asked Simply Measured to mine Twitter data for a snapshot of which candidate the platform's users were buzzing about most. And the numbers jibe with the larger narrative—that whether Clinton or Sanders took the debate is probably up for, well, debate. 

Here is how the presidential hopefuls stacked up when it came to "@mentions," which signify whenever one of the candidates was tweeted at by another Twitter user. In addition to Clinton and Sanders, the results below include former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee:

 

 

 

 

Clinton just edged out Sanders in this social-media matchup, and the other candidates are likely in trouble. Debate moderator Anderson Cooper, with 47,369 @mentions, garnered more buzz than O'Malley, Webb and Chafee. 

At any rate, this two-horse race probably won't conclude for months.