U.S. presidential debate performances lift Cruz, Rubio to top of social media

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose before the start of the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in BoulderBy Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stole the spotlight on social media from the front-runners during a televised GOP debate on Tuesday night, drawing attention and positive reviews. The fourth televised debate for the Republicans hosted by Fox Business Network had more people talking about it online than the third debate hosted by its older and bigger rival CNBC two weeks ago. The U.S. senator from Texas, considered a mid-tier candidate in terms of his standing in opinion polls, had the highest social media sentiment analysis score of 11 as well as the highest number of mentions on Twitter during the debate, according to Thomson Reuters data.

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