Who got the most airtime at the GOP debate?

The fourth Republican presidential primary debate is in the books. Let's take a look at who got the most speaking time:

For the first time this debate cycle, Ted Cruz got the most speaking time in the debate, with almost 13 minutes. In the first three debates, Donald Trump had the most speaking time twice, while Carly Fiorina got the most speaking time once.

Cruz got 15 percent of the total speaking time. Despite complaining early and often about not getting enough speaking time, John Kasich ended up with the second-most airtime. Kasich spoke for 12 minutes, with almost 14 percent of the total speaking time. Despite being second in the polls, Ben Carson got only 10.5 percent of the speaking time. He spoke for only nine minutes, even less than all the candidates in the undercard debate.

Related Story: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2575923

The average speaking time among the candidates was 10.9 minutes. Cruz, Kasich, Trump and Fiorina all spoke for more than their fair share of time, if you believe each candidate should have had equal time.

On the other hand, if you think higher-polling candidates should have gotten more speaking time, Trump and Carson did not speak enough. For example, Trump averages 25 percent in the polls used for the debate, but he got only 13.3 percent of the speaking time.

Besides Trump and Carson, every other candidate's portion of speaking time was larger than his or her share of support. Cruz had 15 percent of the speaking time, but he receives only 10 percent support in the polls. For the second debate in a row, John Kasich had the largest gap between his poll numbers and how much speaking time he got.

The Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, was a hot topic at the GOP debate. She was referenced 30 times, up from 23 references in the Sept. 16 debate. Clinton was mentioned by each candidate at least once, seven each by Jeb Bush and Fiorina.

Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com