The first televised debate for 2016 Republican Party Presidential candidates will take place tonight, but a significant portion of the chatter will happen on Twitter.
According to Spredfast‘s candidate leaderboard, real estate mogul Donald Trump looms larger on Twitter than any other POTUS hopeful. As of 11 a.m. PT on Thursday, Trump is generating 38 percent of the candidates’ mentions on Twitter. In the past 24 hours, there have been more than 91,000 mentions of Trump on Twitter.
Jim Rudden, Spredfast CMO, discussed with SocialTimes the importance of Twitter in this election:
Twitter is always a hotbed for opinions from voters, candidates and pundits. Aside from the GOP candidates that have a seat at the table for tonight’s debate, it’s interesting to track some of the prime-time players who won’t be participating. Twitter, and social media in general, have changed the game for these types of events, by extending the stage beyond the 10 debate participants. Keep an eye on the GOP candidates not invited to the main event and obviously democratic candidates who will be using social media to chime in on key issues. As we’ve seen throughout this election season already, very different strategies will be at play from each candidate’s camp.
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton (14 percent of conversation) and Bernie Sanders (9 percent) are second and third overall.
The next most-buzzed-about GOP candidate is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (8 percent), then junior U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz (6 percent). In the past 24 hours, Bush has generated roughly 19,000 mentions and Cruz 13,500.
To see the rest of the field, check out the chart below.