Web Searches for Libertarian Candidates Spike After Ted Cruz Drops Out

ashley.rae | May 4, 2016
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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.

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