Texans’ top Google searches ahead of Houston GOP Debate

Google real-time tracking - Phil Prazan/Paul Shelton - KXAN

HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) – Google has been tracking real-time data related to the GOP Debates and, for Thursday’s debate in Houston, they’ve broken down the top questions and issues Texans are searching about each candidate.

In Travis County, Google says Donald Trump is the most searched Republican. He’s also leading the state in searches with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz trailing, respectively.

On the Google Trends page, you can see the ever-changing data.

At time of writing, questions some people want answered involve why some candidates are still in the race or what faith they follow. ‘Why won’t Ben Carson drop out?’ and ‘Is Marco Rubio Mormon?’ are actual questions posed by someone in Texas.

Some Texans seem to believe Cruz may be misrepresenting himself with the question ‘Who is the real Ted Cruz?’ Others are more concerned with where Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, is from. (It’s Yugoslavia or Slovenia, depending if you count what it was when she was born or not.)

Some questions are a little more genuine, ‘How is John Kasich doing in the polls?’

Nationally, the questions trend a little harsher, with questions about why and if Cruz, Kasich and Carson are still in the race. Others want to know what a Trump win means for the Republican Party.

Rubio, nationally, is receiving questions about his eligibility to run and his family.

As for the issues, people most want to know the candidates’ varying stances on gun control, abortion and immigration.

Because the trends change as the day progresses, Google Data Editor Simon Rodgers says to expect the most change closer to and during the debate. Watch the above video to find out how the ‘Horserace’ board Google created works and how to follow its constant change during the debate.



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