NBC’s Chuck Todd might have summed up Thursday’s events best with this tweet:
Books about this campaign will have chapters simply titled: "January 19th"— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 19, 2012
And Gingrich exploded at moderator John King within the first few minutes of the CNN debate that night.
The candidates, with the exception of Santorum, saw significant surges in the volume of tweets about them, but perennial top-mention-getter Paul still had more mentions than any of the other candidates.
Paul had a relatively drama-free week compared to his remaining rivals, and recent tracking polls peg him to finish third in the South Carolina primary. But his grasp on the top spot in the @MentionMachine, as in practically every other online poll ever conducted, is firm.