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The Republican presidential debate took over Twitter on Wednesday night, with #GOPdebate trending far more than #WorldSeries, according to data by social media analytics provider Hashtags.org.
The trend may indicate the debate among GOP hopefuls trumped the baseball World Series broadcast in TV viewership.
Throughout the debate, which began around 8:20 p.m. ET on CNBC and lasted two hours, #GOPdebate trended much higher than #WorldSeries, according to the data.
Game 2 of the World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, which aired on Fox, finished about 40 minutes after the debate.
Wednesday night's debate featured heated clashes among candidates fighting to catch Ben Carson and Donald Trump, two upstart candidates who have tapped into voters' frustration with the Republican party's establishment.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, and Trump, a celebrity real estate developer, in a dead heat. In a sign that the unpredictable Republican race might be entering a new phase, Trump and Carson, while not stumbling, were often eclipsed by Rubio and Cruz during the two-hour debate at the University of Colorado campus.
The Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in Game 2, 7-1.