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News of Ted Cruz dropping out of the Republican presidential race — and the realization that Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee — has led to an increase of interest in the Libertarian Party.
Reason reports Google Trends shows searches for "Libertarian Party" spiked around 8 p.m., when it was reported Cruz would be dropping out of the Republican race.
Cruz officially announced he was suspending his presidential campaign at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Interestingly enough, interest in the Libertarian Party appears to be highest in Indiana, where Trump won approximately 53 percent of the vote Tuesday night compared to Cruz’s 36 percent:
Searches for the major Libertarian candidates for president also increased around the same time:
The results for Gary Johnson:
The results for John McAfee:
The results for Austin Petersen:
The results for Darryl Perry:
As Reason notes, a poll recently showed one in five Americans are open to voting for a third party.