Joe Scarborough: Cruz and Rubio "had their worst nights" of all the debates.
- Fox News averaged "a record-smashing 25 million viewers" last August during the first GOP debate of the season where Trump clashed with moderator Megyn Kelly at that time (source);
- Thursday night? The Fox News - Google GOP Debate had only 12.5 million viewers between 9 and 11 p.m. Eastern, according to Nielsen (source).
- Donald Trump warning prompts RNC leaders to scrap plans to change convention rules - Washington Times
- Trump leads in ALL the latest polls
G.O.P. Debate Stars the Ghost of Donald Trump. "What the debate made clear is that Trump is all fox." @FrankBruni https://t.co/YgUgys0NH6— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 29, 2016
Ok, let's be honest, gang. Love him @ his whole, crazy act or not, this debate was kind of snoozer without @realDonaldTrump. #GOPDebate— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) January 29, 2016
There's a Google color coded state by state search map here in debate spin room. And Trump is most searched in every state for this debate— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 29, 2016
Anyone thinking Trump loses this game of chicken hasn't been paying attention for the past 6 months.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 27, 2016
Megan's post-debate show seems like an effort to bury Trump.— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) January 29, 2016
Megyn Kelly's Dislike of Donald Trump and his Supporters. https://t.co/7FTxX2UNOd— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 27, 2016
.@gabrielsherman talked directly to GOP voters, and it's a more insightful look than anything a pollster has said: https://t.co/hkOGlRfp2Y— Tyler S. Bugg (@tsbugg) January 29, 2016
I feel like #ThisTown hasn’t yet come to terms with the reasonably high probability that Donald Trump is going to become president.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 29, 2016
|Above: 2016 Search Trends in US--4 Republican candidates shown--view full report in Google Trends|
Note: In this year of the IANA Transition, Domain Mondo will be monitoring U.S. elections, particularly the 2016 US Presidential Election. This is the second post in a series that began with the #DemDebate on January 17, 2016. In addition, Domain Mondo now has, and will maintain, an Election2016 page with Twitter feeds and links.