“Originally planned as a conversation focused on the economy, the moderators at CBS announced they would recalibrate their questions to address the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night. Indeed, the entire first portion of the debate was dedicated to questions about ISIS and instability in the Middle East. “Given her foreign-policy heavy resume, it’s not surprising that Clinton jumped out to an early lead during that first segment. Before the initial commercial break, Clinton spoke for 11 minutes and 21 seconds. For a bit of perspective, InsideGov found that businessman Donald Trump spoke for a total of 11 minutes and 36 seconds during the entire fourth GOP debate.”
When it comes to social media measurements, Clinton won the evening, collecting just shy of 6,000 more Twitter followers during the the debate. CBS partnered with Twitter to provide “real-time data and insights” during the debate, according to a press release about the setup.
“Twitter wasn’t a highlight for Sanders this go around, but he did fare well on Google Trends, which ranks how often each candidate’s name was searched on Google.”
Gibbs concludes: “Although there was no decisive winner in Saturday night’s Democratic debate, a collective look at the data makes one thing clear: Things don’t look good for O’Malley. The guitar-toting former governor comes in last on all of the metrics InsideGov collected. After another showing that failed to kick-start wider interest in his campaign, O’Malley’s window of opportunity seems to be closing for this cycle.”