With the most unpopular candidates ever, this election is quickly shaping up to be the worst election ever (if you happen to be a conservative or libertarian). With Trump’s recent implosion in the polls, desperate voters have been searching for the term “write-in” at record numbers. The end game for these voters is to level a protest vote against all of the candidates. Those protest votes are going to occur at much higher rates in some unexpected places according to new search data.
From The Blaze:
According to Google Trends, online searches for “write-in” spiked by more than 2,800 percent in the last week alone.
And while you might expect a majority of those searches came from voters in states like Florida or Ohio, there are in fact a number of states otherwise considered to be solidly red or solidly blue that top many of the traditional “battleground” states.
While the battleground state of New Hampshire does top the list, the traditionally red states of Alaska and Utah come in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the traditionally blue state of Maryland comes in at No. 4. with deep blue Washington, D.C., at No. 5.
Among other traditionally red states making the top 25 for “write-in” searches are Arizona, Indiana and Kentucky.
Connecticut, Michigan and Washington, all traditionally blue states, are also among the top states searching “write-in.”
Write-in candidates might be a bigger factor in this election than typical elections. Imagine a voter who really dislikes both candidates, but thinks one is slightly less terrible than the other. Imagine what that voter might do if they believe that their vote doesn’t matter since the election isn’t going to be close in their solidly red or blue state. The temptation to vote for a write-in or third party candidate is much higher when your state is heavily partisan and tilted toward one candidate.
The write in factor could lead to an election day surprise. This election is insanely volatile due to the mass public rejection of both candidates.