- The first of two Democratic debates in the 2020 presidential race happened Wednesday night, sparking questions and search queries across the US.
- Google Trends kept up with debate-related searches and tweeted out what Google considered its most interesting trends.
- Sen. Cory Booker and Julián Castro, the former secretary of housing and urban development, surged in search volume and scored well in other metrics.
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The first of two back-to-back Democratic debates in the 2020 presidential race happened Wednesday night, sparking questions and search queries across the US. Google Trends kept up with what America was searching for and tweeted out what Google found to be the most interesting trends.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey ended up being the most searched candidate during the debate.
Julián Castro, the former secretary of housing and urban development, surged in search interest after the debate started.
These US maps show the most searched Democratic candidate in each state at two different points in time.
Searches for Spanish-to-English translations climbed as three candidates — former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke — responded to debate questions in Spanish.
O’Rourke was the first to respond to a question in Spanish, the most common language spoken in the US outside English. During the debate O’Rourke, Booker, Castro, and a moderator all either responded to or asked questions in Spanish.
Latinos are a growing voter base, and according to Pew Research, “a record 29 million Latinos were eligible to vote in [the 2018] midterm elections, accounting for 12.8% of all eligible voters, a new high.” In 2018, an estimated 11% of voters were Latino, and according to exit polls they favored Democratic candidates. (Of course, it’s important to note that not every Latino voter speaks Spanish.)
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