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Gerard Baker Crowned Winner Of Republican Presidential Debate As 'Muricans' Cry Foul

11/11/2015 10:24 GMT | Updated 11/11/2015 11:59 GMT

Forget Donald Trump, the winner of last night's Republican presidential debate may well have been "the British guy".

The debate failed to produce a clear victor among the eight candidates in a race so underwhelming it has propelled Dr Ben Carson, who is a Creationist, and Trump, who used to host 'The Apprentice', as leading outsiders.

So a star was born in the form of 53-year-old Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal and moderator, whose nationality and accent was a source of joy and irritation to Americans tweeting the debate.

The BBC's James Morgan noted the reaction, saying "in a surprising twist, the stand-out performer on the night according to the audience on Twitter wasn't even a candidate".

His most memorable moment was perhaps when he did not appear to hear the music that announced a commercial break, and instead pressed ahead with more questions for candidate Rand Paul, who answered the question while the music continued.

Some Americans revelled in his accent and thought they were watching X Factor.

Others felt the presence of a foreigner, who had actually been working in the US since the 1980s, made some of the issues discussed more entertaining, prescient or both.

Others thought it was "weird".

Baker's nationality also meant some suggested Anglo-American issues as debate topics.

Some felt the long shadow of history.

Many used Twitter for what it does best, prompting funny memes.

And others were curious enough about Baker to ask Google.

Baker may have been the winner but Trump, the most colourful candidate in the field, suffered a setback when he drew jeers from the crowd for tried to shut down businesswoman Carly Fiorina, one of the lower-polling candidates.

In a debate full of interruptions, he said: "Why does she keep interrupting everybody?"

To predictable reaction...

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