Google Searches for “Libertarian Party” Surge After Ted Cruz Drops Out

by Ed Krayewski  |  published on May 4, 2016

Donald Trump crushed it in the Indiana GOP primary last night, winning more than 50 percent of the vote and causing Ted Cruz to drop out. Although John Kasich is still in the race, he has only won one state so far while Trump is less than 200 delegates from securing the nomination.

That led to a surge tonight in searches for “Libertarian Party,” as this chart from Google Trends showing searches for “Libertarian Party” over the last 24 hour period:


Libertarians will choose their candidate at their convention in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend. Two of the highest polling candidates have been Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, and John McAfee, a computer programmer and entrepreneur who was also a person of interest in a murder in Belize. Delegates are chosen by state parties, and it’s also possible to become a delegate for a state other than the one you live in if your state has already met its delegate allocation. Delegates are allocated based on how well the Libertarian presidential candidate did in the previous election as well as membership per state. The first step is to contact your state party.*

How many “Never Trump” Republicans look at the Libertarian Party instead of supporting Hillary Clinton remains to be seen. Mark Selter, a senior aide to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has already indicated he’ll be supporting Clinton. Other Republican establishment types may do the same, providing a poignant illustration of how the Trump phenomenon became a thing in the first place.

Almost one in five Americans say they’d consider a third party candidate if the nominees were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

  • reggie

    Hate to say it, but a 3rd party will give killz the job.

  • rowleya

    GOP is now the same as Demos
    Can’t vote either one
    Time for States to secede from Fed Gov

  • Vangie Martinez

    I live in New Mexico and Gary Johnson was an ok Governor, but, until he had injuries to his back, I think it was, I wouldn’t vote for him, because, of his ideas about legalizing pot, since he used it or is using it for pain now or in the past. To me his judgement is clouded and I do not believe he would fight for America or Israel. He would be in my opinion over taken by the same people who are trying to over take our Country now. He would be a part of the same agenda’s and ulterior motives of those who think that they are god and GOD is not.

  • Harvey Thomas Creech

    I’ll look at who the two VP candidates are before deciding what to do about the election.

  • Doc

    Vote Libertarian,elect Hillary.

    • VanzCantDanz

      Republicans elected Hillary when they voted Trump.

      • Doc

        Trump is the only one of the bunch that had a chance.
        If you throw a fit and don’t vote vote for him, we lose.

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