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Trump is most talked about candidate on Facebook in NC

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the most talked about candidate on Facebook in North Carolina, according to data released by the social media site.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the most talked about candidate on Facebook in North Carolina, according to data released by the social media site. AP

Donald Trump is by far the most talked about presidential candidate on Facebook in North Carolina, according to the social media site’s data.

More than 10.6 million comments were posted about the GOP front-runner by about 1.3 million North Carolina Facebook users from Feb. 12 to March 13, according to the data.

The runners up were Democrats Hillary Clinton (nearly 3.9 million comments by 654,000 people) and Bernie Sanders (nearly 2.6 million comments, 451,000 people). Republican Ted Cruz (1.8 million by 292,000 people) came in fourth.

Marco Rubio and John Kasich, also seeking the Republican nomination, were less likely to be mentioned. The North Carolina primary is Tuesday.

Religion topped the list of issues being discussed on Facebook in North Carolina. Government ethics; guns; homeland security and terrorism; as well as regulations and the size of government followed, according to Facebook’s data.

By comparison, education, the economy, gender equality, abortion and health care were the most discussed topics in Ohio, which also has its primary Tuesday.

Trump also was the most-discussed candidate on Facebook in the Buckeye State, with the other presidential candidates holding the same rankings as in North Carolina.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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