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01/27/2016 02:16 pm ET Updated Jan 28, 2016

Donald Trump's Twitter Poll Awkwardly Backfires

A majority of his followers want him to participate in the Fox News debate.

Hours before announcing his decision to boycott the final Republican presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, real estate mogul Donald Trump on Tuesday asked his followers on Twitter whether he should participate.

A majority of the approximately 160,000 respondents poll answered in the affirmative.  

Because of the way a Twitter user is able to poll their followers, however, Trump did not get a final answer until Wednesday afternoon, 24 hours after he had already pulled out of the debate.

Trump is reportedly planning a competing event in Des Moines, Iowa, near the location of the Fox News debate, that will be focused on veterans. He is also scheduled to appear on Fox News Wednesday evening, leading some observers to speculate whether his whole tiff with the network is a ploy to hype a debate he may eventually attend anyway.

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