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Trump tops Facebook political talk; no one else close

The Donald: What makes Donald Trump so popular?

Donald Trump spoke at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC on August 27, 2015. Supporters share their views on what makes him the best candidate for president. (Gerry Melendez / The State)
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Donald Trump spoke at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC on August 27, 2015. Supporters share their views on what makes him the best candidate for president. (Gerry Melendez / The State)

Donald Trump was the king of Facebook candidate conversation over the past month. By far.

Trump, the national Republican presidential front-runner, had 23.3 million people in the United States posting about, sharing content, liking or commenting on him between November 11, the day after the last GOP debate, and December 11. Republicans are scheduled to debate again Tuesday evening in Las Vegas.

One man began yelling for gun control during the Donald Trump rally at the Westgate hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, 2015. He was removed from the hotel. At least six more people were taken from the auditorium over the course of the rest of the even

No one else came close. Runnerup was Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, with 8.4 million people.

The closest Republican was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who’s vaulted into the lead in several Iowa polls. He attracted 4.2 million people, just ahead of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 4.1 million.

The rest of the GOP field was far behind. Next was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at 1.87 million and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at 1.5 million.

The most talked about political topic on Facebook during that period was religion, followed by Iraq, Syria and the ISIS. The period covered included the Paris terrorist attacks, the shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and the mass shootings in San Bernadino, Calif..

David Lightman: 202-383-6101, @lightmandavid

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