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'Move to Canada' searches spiked as Trump, Clinton won Super Tuesday

Google Trends releases this chart showing the correlation

Google Trends releases this chart showing the correlation between spikes in searches for moving to Canada and the results of Tuesday's primary elections. Credit: Google Trends

As the 2016 presidential candidates were preparing their victory speeches Super Tuesday night, some Americans were making their own plans … to move to Canada.

Google searches for the phrase “Move to Canada" reached its highest point in Google’s history Tuesday night, according to the search engine. The last time it spiked was in November 2004 when George W. Bush won reelection, Google Trends indicated in a chart that it shared on social media Wednesday.

The search phrase started to take off as polls began to close Tuesday night. Simon Rogers, data editor for Google, was the first to report the trend, posting to Twitter shortly after 9 p.m. that searches for the phrase "How can I move to Canada" had jumped more than 350 percent during the previous four hours. By midnight Wednesday, it had spiked 1,300 percent, Google metrics show.

During that time, Donald Trump secured his sixth and seventh victories of the night with Arkansas and Vermont, and Ted Cruz won Texas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton added Texas and Massachusetts to her winnings as she too would take home a total of seven states for Super Tuesday. Bernie Sanders extended his number of victories for the night to four, and Marco Rubio scored his first win of the entire campaign with Minnesota.

A geographical breakdown of the metrics showed that Massachusetts, where Trump won the GOP race and Clinton the Democratic primary, had the highest volume of searches for "Move to Canada."

What else were people searching for as the winners and losers were declared on Super Tuesday?

“Can Cruz beat Trump?” saw a 250 percent spike. “John Kasich drop out” spiked 200 percent. And there was a 300 percent spike for “Chris Christie, Vice President,” according to Google Trends.

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