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Donald Trump is winning the Google primary

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

The verdict of the first Republican presidential debate is in, and it is this: America is Googling Donald Trump. They were Googling Donald Trump before the debate, and they were definitely Googling him after the debate.

Update: Coverage of the second GOP debate.

Scott Walker used to have a hometown advantage in Wisconsin (which, somewhat inexplicably, was still Googling him almost five years after he was first elected).

But no longer:

(Google Trends)

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO, won the first debate on Google pretty clearly, as this fun animated tool from the company shows. She also won the first debate, according to most watchers.

(Google Trends)

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