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Jim Gilmore Finally Shows Up on a Debate Stage Again and Twitter Goes Nuts

GilmoreTwitterFor one hour on Twitter Thursday night, people stopped fretting about Donald Trump dropping out of the debate and began chatting about Jim Gilmore dropping in.

Gilmore, in case you forgot, is still running for the Republican nomination. Though he had not appeared in a Republican debate since the first one last August. He has been polling so low that RealClearPolitics doesn’t even list him in their poll averages. And yet he never dropped out — and one recent national poll gave him the boost he needed to earn himself a podium at Thursday night’s early debate. To his credit, the former Virginia governor still doggedly maintains that he should be the next president of the United States.

The unexpected return of the former Virginia governor to the GOP race catapulted his name to the list of trending topics on Twitter. The resurrection of Gilmore was received with enthusiasm, charmed exasperation, sincere praise, and several Gilmore Girls jokes. Here’s just a sampling.

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