Google Trends: Searches for Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker Soar Following First Debate

Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard

The first Democratic debate was a chance for low-polling candidates to shine and try to stand out amongst the field of 24 Democrats vying for the White House. While it’s too early to see how the debate affected the polls, data compiled by Google Trends tells the story of two underdogs rising above the pack.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard became the two top most-searched candidates out of the candidates featured in the NBC-hosted debate Wednesday night by the time the broadcast ended.

For both candidates, this is good news as their polling numbers are nowhere near the top contenders, according to data from FiveThirtyEight.

Google Trends gathered search interest data over the last week, finding that while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the top candidate at the beginning of the week, Booker and Gabbard slid into the top spots by the time the first debate ended.

Gabbard’s stand-out moments were when she fiercely defended her anti-war proposals. Gabbard has served for the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003 and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait. The congresswoman used her military experience to argue that troops needed to be pulled out of Afghanistan. She also showed her foreign conflict knowledge when she challenged Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan‘s stance on war and corrected his statement.

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Booker stood out from the crowd when he talked about his personal experience with gun violence and argued for strict gun control laws.

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Both candidates were happy with the Google results and tweeted out the positive stats.

However, the candidates are likely to be out-Googled by Thursday night as ten new candidates take the stage for another debate, including top-polling candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Check out IJR Blue’s live breakdown of the first Democratic debate here

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Patty Scott
Patty Scott

Tulsi Gabbard president, Corey Booker Vice president.





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