Tuesday night, after a crushing defeat by Donald Trump in Indiana, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz decided to exit the race for the nomination. And just as soon as he did, something big happened online.
According to Google Trends, searches for the term “Libertarian Party” shot up at approximately the same time Cruz conceded the election.
A Twitter user highlighted that with a bit more perspective:
As of Tuesday evening, several prominent conservatives either renounced the Republican Party, or mentioned a libertarian alternative:
This isn't an isolated incident, as Google Trends showed major spikes in searches for “Libertarian Party” after the primaries on March 1, and March 15 as well. Donald Trump was the resounding overall winner on both dates.
Although libertarians and conservatives don't agree on everything, they agree on enough to have some crossover appeal.
After Tuesday night's victory solidified Donald Trump as the Republican torch-carrier, perhaps more conservatives will look to the libertarian candidates Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen for comfort.
The Libertarian Party will choose their candidate May 27-30, in Orlando, Florida.