How Bernie Sanders Got the Biggest Twitter Bump From the GOP Debate

Bernie Sanders wasn't on the debate stage but he still won on Twitter.

How did he manage to do it?

Twitter’s Government and Elections team keeps tabs on tweets, retweets, and followers during the debate and offered up the final numbers on their account, @gov.

His message against Islamophobia—a hot topic on the debate stage—received a whopping 10,917 retweets and 16,702 likes, and is still circulating on Twitter.

Despite picking up the most followers online, Sanders still trails Democratic frontrunner Clinton in more traditional measures. A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday shows Clinton leading Sanders among likely Democratic voters, 59 percent to 26 percent.