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Google finds Americans searching for a 3rd party candidate is surging

Who's on third?

Segments of the American electorate are asking and Abbott and Costello's "I Don't Know" is not a good answer.

Not in 2016, anyway.

GoogleTrends shows that voters are searching for an alternative to Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in big numbers.

Over the last week, searches for a third-party candidate in the 2016 Presidential Election is up by more than 1,150 percent, data shows.

The leaders appear to be in the states of Missouri, Colorado, Washington and Michigan, the data shows, with the biggest hits coming from the nation's largest metro areas including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Dallas. 

It's not the first time prospective voters have taken to their personal computers, smartphones and tablets looking for another choice.

There was a similar spike in May after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz packed it in after being beaten by Trump in the Indiana primary.

Then, there were spikes in searches for "Libertarian Party," according to's Hit & Run blog.

Currently, there are three third-party presidential candidates on ballots in at least 20 states, according to

Representing the Constitution Party is Darrell Castle of Tennessee.

There's another woman in the race: Dr. Jill Stein, the presumptive nominee of the Green Party.

And, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson from the Libertarian party.


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