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Democratic debate: Biden takes Twitter, Gabbard rises on Google

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard got plenty of buzz on Twitter and Google.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In Detroit Over Two Nights

Another batch of Democratic candidates debated Wednesday night in Detroit.

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In the wake of night two of the Democratic debates in Detroit, Google and Twitter have some new insights on how the evening played out for the second batch of presidential hopefuls on stage. 

In a visualization posted by Google Trends showing each candidate's search results popularity as the debate progressed, you could once again see candidates including Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Vice President Joe Biden and others rise and fall depending on what was happening at any given moment. At the end of the night, Biden was in the top spot, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and entrepreneur Andrew Yang tying for second. Gabbard, in particular, challenged Harris on her criminal justice record, in one of the night's heated exchanges. 

Meanwhile, on Twitter, the top three most tweeted-about Democratic candidates were Biden, Harris and Yang. Looking at the most tweeted-about politicians overall, the spots went to President Donald Trump, Biden and Harris. Trump also took the top spot Tuesday night.

As for big moments, the most tweeted-about instance came when Booker said to Biden, "There's a saying in my community, you're dipping into the Kool-aid and you don't even know the flavor." 

This is Google and Twitter's second round of debate stats.  

On Tuesday, Google showed that at the end of the night, Sen. Bernie Sanders came in first, Sen. Elizabeth Warren second and author Marianne Williamson third. 

On Twitter, the top three most tweeted-about Democratic candidates were Warren, Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

And although there were more than a few meme-worthy moments (Bernie wrote the damn bill!), the most-tweeted moment was an exchange in which Warren told Rep. John Delaney, "I genuinely do not understand why anyone would go to all the trouble of running for president just to get up on this stage and talk about what's not possible."

Originally published July 30.
Update, Aug. 1: Adds information about the second evening of debate.

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