As all eyes turned to New York in the days before that state’s Tuesday’s primary, Democratic voters went online to search for information about the two candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – biographies, position statements on major issues and, in many cases, how to contribute to their campaigns.

The results from the “Google primary” just hours before New York voters went to the polls gave Sanders a landslide victory over Clinton with search interest in the 74-year-old self-avowed socialist far exceeding that in the former New York senator.

Google analytics showed that 62 percent of all searches for Democratic candidates were for Sanders compared to only 38 for Clinton.

Even worse for Clinton, who remains the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite the surprisingly strong challenge from the Vermont senator, more searches were worded, “How to vote for Bernie Sanders” than those inquiring about Clinton.

The final Real Clear Politics average of polls gave Clinton an 11.7 lead over Sanders in the New York primary, but when the results were tallied Tuesday night, Clinton registered the win with 57.9 to Sanders’ 42.1 with more than 94 percent of precincts reporting.

Clinton has been a public figure in politics for over two decades as First Lady during the scandal-plagued administration of her husband, Bill, in the 1990s, and then serving two terms as the junior senator from New York.

After being virtually blindsided in the 2008 presidential election by Barack Obama, a then-relatively unknown single term senator from Illinois, she accepted the position of Secretary of State in his administration, positioning herself for the inevitable bid to become the nation’s first woman president.

Prior to announcing his candidacy almost a year ago, on April 30, 2015, Sanders was not well-known outside New England, but has won enthusiastic support, especially from young voters with popular positions on free college tuition, global warming, banking reform, and LGBT rights, as well as favoring continued funding of Planned Parenthood, national legalization of marijuana, and the abolition of the death penalty.

 

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