GoogleTrends showed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) at the most-searched candidate of Wednesday night’s Democratic debate despite entering the event in Miami as a relative unknown.
Ahead of the debate, which was the first of two featuring 20 Democratic White House hopefuls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the most searched candidate of the ten hopefuls that would appear on stage on Wednesday, while Gabbard was the fourth-most searched. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) were second and third, respectively.
Following the debate, Gabbard moved into the top most-searched spot, followed by Booker.
Warren, who has been steadily climbing in the polls in recent weeks, was third most searched following the event.
Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, is polling at just 0.8 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls while trailing frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden by more than 31 points.
Gabbard’s most visible moment of the evening came in an exchange with rival Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) after he said the Taliban was behind the 9/11 attacks.
SOURCE: JOE CONCHA