Right Up To Election Day Americans Still Googling To Find Out Who Is Running

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A Google search trends chart showing Google searches for “who is running for president” in the United States over the last 12 months.

Note the big spike in November.

These are the people I was writing about yesterday.

If you’re just tuning into the election, please don’t cancel out other people’s well-considered votes with yours.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    Unreal. These people should not be voting.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It is scary, isn’t it?

      • EatThis

        Okay, name all of the Presidential candidates on the ballot. Two have been provided for you:

        Mitt Romney
        Barrack Obama

        Name the others… but you’re not allowed to Google it, since that would make you a retard.

        • http://pocketjacksblog.blogspot.com Jay W.

          Actually, what would make you a “retard” — to use your word — would be waiting until November to figure out who the Green Party or Libertarian or Communist Worker’s Party candidates are if voting for them is something you might be interested in doing.

          • Eat This

            I was using Ann Coulter’s word.

            Who is on the ballot? Can you name them without googling it? I can’t. I may google it out of curiosity just like others have.

            Come on, people. Think when you read. You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig. Rob can reconstitute his regurgitated stories and call it a casserole, but it’s still puke. So think before you just lap up the regurgitation that he feeds you.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I don’t think voters looking for third party alternatives are producing that much search traffic.

          But to your challenge, Gary Johnson was also on the ballot. There were a few others too on the ballot I cast, but I never bothered to look up more information on them as I really have no interest in voting for any independents or anyone the green/constitution parties would support.

          I did take a long, hard look at Johnson though. I even interviewed him once. He’s originally from Minot.

          • Davo

            “I never bothered to look up more information on them as I really have no interest in voting for any independents or anyone the green/constitution parties would support.”

            If you don’t even know which candidates are running for President, you have no business cancelling out the well-considered and informed votes of other citizens. Just stay home today.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I considered three candidates from parties I consider sane.

            I don’t consider the green or constitution parties to be capable of fielding anybody sane.

          • Davo

            But the people who actually consider *all* the candidates running for President–to the point where they conduct Google searches to find out every Party’s candidate for President–THEY should just stay home today?

          • Eat This

            You are missing my entire point. The traffic is not necessarily generated from people seriously considering alternatives. It’s most likely driven by curiosity.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            That there are this many people, this late in the game, who don’t know the answer is scary.

            You’re missing my point.

          • Davo

            Rob–You’ve just said that YOU YOURSELF don’t all the candidates who are running for President. And you write about politics every day! Should you–and every American with your level of knowledge about the presidential candidates–really stay home on election day? We’d have a turnout of roughly 1%.

          • Eat This

            Then name them. Name every single candidate running for president. Can’t do it? Then what would most intelligent people do if they don’t know something? Maybe GOOGLE it?

        • dfm

          Only 1 third party candidate is important in the big scheme … Virgil Goode of VA, which could be Mitt Romney’s Ralph Nader.

        • Spartacus

          The Libertarian is Gary Johnson. He was the only other candidate listed on the ballot in my state other than “write in”. Not much of a point in running if you can’t get your name on the ballot in all 50 states and D.C. is there? Unless, of course, you’re a “retard”.

  • reggy

    $6B spent on campaigning and people don’t know who’s running? These guys’ marketing teams are just top-notch.

    • Davo

      Without using Google, name every candidate running for President this year.

      • Spartacus

        I’ll meet your challenge. In my state those running are Obama, Johnson, Romney & “write in”. Now meet my challenge and tell us who is or are “write in”.

        • Snarkie

          You missed the Green Party ticket.

  • whowon
    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s guaranteed to be like watching paint dry.

      • whowon

        it sure has been. Have a link open for the “bing”, hardly any! Will be off of here soon either way.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    There’s an election?

    • Spartacus

      Who is Mitt running against?

  • Snarkie

    Well considered votes? We only have two f*cking choices.

  • I H8 GOPers

    Looks like they all voted for Obama, cuz y’all told me O was toast.

  • sherry gray

    obama is a handsome man

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    If Obama wins, it’s a sad day for America, count on four more years of misery and no one having a job and high unemployment. We will end up begging for Bush or Clinton.

    • $8194357

      he now has four more years of global flexability to
      submit America to her enemies…
      communist/muslim traitor..

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        It going to be a very bad four more years and I think America is going to look a lot like Greece and bowing to third world dictators.

        • $8194357

          Keep your heart open to God and keep your
          weapons locked and loaded….

          • AV

            A bit paranoid, don’t ya think? And if Obama doesn’t like you, he’ll predator-drone your house. Loaded assault weapons will just be used as evidence that you were part of an anti-govt militia. :)

          • $8194357

            I think he gave most of those to Iran and Syrian rebels,
            but he may have held a few back..

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Trust me, Jesus Christ is my savior and I will not give up my guns. As Charlton Heston said, from my cold dead hands.

          • $8194357

            10X
            Goon

    • AV

      Clinton would be OK. And Bush was good for funding science, SCHIP was ok too, but his “vision thing,” that caused him to randomly invade countries, costs him a few points.

  • Mike Quinn

    Praise be unto Jesus, the rotton greedy right wing bastards go down in flames. Thankya Jesus, Thankya Jesus. Start lying tomorrow Rob.

    • $8194357

      Better “turn to God”
      Your President is a treasonous traitor fool tool…
      America in the next four years of lame duck “flexability”
      Won’t be much differant than Cuba…

    • $8194357

      did ya notice in the “Old Testement”
      when Israel turned away from God
      they ended up 400 years under Egyptian slavery?
      Take the DNC Godless platform and celebrate our nations “captivity”.

  • $8194357

    Sounds like Barry has his four more years of flexability for Putin’s agendas and the Bildergergs Muslim Brotherhood middle east agenda…Chris Stevens…RIP.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Do we really have that many free loading socialists in this country?

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