Kamala Harris Mentions on Twitter Skyrocket During Democratic Debate

California Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Kamala Harris seemed to captivate Twitter audiences during Thursday's debate. Going by mentions and searches on the social media site, Harris seemed to come out of the two-hour event as a winner.

As the debate closed, Twitter noted approximately 323,000 mentions of "Kamala" and 312,000 mentions of "Harris." It is unclear how much of an overlap there is with mentions of "Kamala Harris," but upon scrolling through Twitter threads, Newsweek found that it was, at least in part, an either/or situation.

Harris drew attention in part for an exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden, telling him that she "would like to speak on the issue of race." Then, the California senator addressed comments Biden made earlier this month about his work with two of the last segregationists in the Senate.

"I do not believe you are a racist," said Harris. "But it was actually very hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two U.S. senators who built their reputations and careers on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing."

She then described a little girl who had been part of the second class bused to integrate public schools in Berkeley, California.

"That little girl was me," Harris said.

Google Trends reported that Harris saw a massive spike in searches from June 21 to the end of the debate. ABC News reported per Google Trends that Harris saw a 500 percent increase in searches in the second half of Thursday's debate, "and is the top overall U.S. trending topic in search on Google."

Journalist Laura Bassett wrote: "This is not an endorsement but you're lying if you don't think Kamala Harris would eviscerate Trump in a debate."

Bassett's views were echoed by a panoply of others—even those who admitted to not liking the Harris much. For example, Twitter-famous political activist Cassandra Fairbanks tweeted, "I'm not a Kamala fan... AT ALL... but I think she did the best in that one. The whole thing was cringe as hell."

In terms of the most searched candidate, Harris came second to Marianne Williamson, according to Google Trends.

NPR reported that Harris came second to Biden when researchers tallied up how long each Democratic candidate spoke during the debate. Biden took 13 minutes and 30 seconds of the debate, while Harris used nearly 12 minutes to discuss health care, social equality, gun reform and more.

Following the debate, Harris tweeted: "I want to solve the issues keeping people up at night with what I call the 3AM Agenda. That means giving Americans a raise, paying women equally for the work they do, making housing affordable, and paying our teachers their value. #DemDebate."

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Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator for California Kamala Harris participates in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
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