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Here are the 5 most interesting GoogleTrends from the first 2020 Democratic debate

Here are the 5 most interesting GoogleTrends from the first 2020 Democratic debate
Democratic 2020 presidential candidates New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Senator Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney participate in the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S., June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Candidates in Miami on Wednesday night at the first US 2020 Democratic presidential debate.

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  • 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.

It’s unclear exactly when the two maps’ data was recorded, but they suggest that while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts entered the debate with significant name recognition, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii seemed to capture viewers’ attention at the debate.

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.)

This data visualization shows how the candidates stacked up in search interest throughout the debate.

The second debate is scheduled for Thursday night, when 10 more Democratic candidates — including Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden— will take the stage.

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