Having won 7 of the available 11 states, Donald Trump was the clear winner in the Republican camp on Super Tuesday.
This trend seemed to worry those of a more liberal persuasion, who wouldn’t want to live under a Trump presidency. So where would they go? Google’s search engine data editor Simon Rogers has revealed the answer; as the primary results poured in, searches for “how can I move to Canada” grew to 350% of their usual levels.
Searches for "how can I move to Canada" on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours #SuperTuesday
— Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) March 2, 2016
It didn’t stop there however, with the search spiking as high as 1150%.
— Briän Ries (@moneyries) March 2, 2016
According to Google analytics, the majority of the queries came in from Washington state, followed by Massachusetts, California, and New York.
This mad search may also have caused the Canadian immigration website to crash, as it warned visitors, “You may experience delays while using the website. We are working to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience.” It was not clear if this was a normal technical issue or not.
It is not surprising that Canada is the refuge of choice for these searchers. The Liberals under Trudeau took power from the previous Conservative government last year, and recently a radio DJ from Cape Breton advertised a new home for those who wanted to flee, although the website now says that they welcome supporters of all candidates, including Donald Trump.
Jack Hadfield is a British libertarian writer. You can follow him on Twitter here: @ToryBastard_.