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Second Presidential Debate: Top tweeted and Googled moments

Posted at 8:11 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 11:11:44-04
The second presidential debate was watched and searched online by millions. This was the most tweeted debate of all time with more than 17 million tweets sent. Here's a breakdown of the debate action online. 
 
GOOGLE:
 
Google looked at minute by minute search results across the country before, during, and after the debate, and Donald Trump had the highest number of searches in every single state.
 
If you take a look at minute by minute breakdown of candidate searches, the candidates go back and forth, and then Trump searches surge when he mentioned "locker room banter." Clinton surges when Trump talked about Syria and the Iran deal.
 
Taking a look at the issues, the minute by minute analysis shows people were most interested in issues like policing and ISIS, but as we saw in the first debate, voter registration is again the most searched issue.

 
When people searched issues and candidates together, users were most interested in Hillary Clinton's policies on abortion and ISIS. As for Donald Trump, people most often Googled his policies on race issues and abortion.
 
In the past 24 hours, Google also tracked what questions people are asking about the candidates, and the top searched question for both: who plays Trump and Clinton on SNL?
 
TWITTER:
 
This was a record for Twitter and the candidates. Both candidates got more followers during and after last night's debate than any prior event.
 
Twitter also tracked the top three most tweeted about moments of last night's debate. 
 
Tweets about Donald Trump dominated the conversation on social media, but that doesn't mean he necessarily "won" the debate. 
 
The most tweeted about policies during the debate were: terrorism, foreign affairs, the economy, healthcare and guns. But, Twitter reports that there were more tweets discussing Trump's treatment of women than any of those top 5 policies.
 
Several hashtags from the debate are still trending topics on Twitter this morning. One of the undecided voters, Ken Bone, has now become an internet sensation. He asked a question on renewable energy and sparked thousands of supportive tweets. His red cable knit sweater is already inspiring Halloween costumes, but it wasn't even his first choice outfit!