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Feel The Bern: Sanders Owned The Internet On Debate Night

It was an all-out Twitter war.

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Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton — REUTERS
Oct 14, 2015 at 5:14 AM ET

Bernie Sanders ousted Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton to dominate social media during the first party debate on Tuesday night.

Sanders and Clinton may have been all smiles during the event in Las Vegas, but on Twitter they were sparring in an all-out war for attention.

The Vermont Senator was mentioned 794,155 times, defeating Clinton’s 667,825 mentions, a Vocativ analysis found. The CNN debate was a two-horse race on the social media platform: No other candidate on stage came anywhere close to generating as much discussion as they did.

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb all earned significant mentions, but were outdone by the two front-runners.

Long-shot candidate Jim Webb surprisingly earned the third most mentions, 311,281, perhaps for telling his story about killing an enemy soldier in Vietnam. Chafee had 150,228 mentions, beating out Martin O’Malley, who had a comparatively meager 137,009 mentions by the end of the debate.