Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was the top trending politician in searches in 2018, Google announced.
Google's "Year in Search" results showed that Abrams beat out a host of other politicians who burst onto the national scene in 2018. She finished ahead of Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE (D-Texas), Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it MORE (R-Texas), Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs Trick-or-dog-treat: Lawmakers hold annual Halloween puppy party Merkley, Warren and Markey sound alarm over 'dirty' hydrogen provision in climate deal MORE (D-N.Y.), in that order.
Search results for Abrams spiked from mid-October through mid-November as her race against Gov.-elect Brian Kemp (R) gained national prominence. Kemp, then the secretary of state in Georgia, was accused of voter suppression.
Kemp, who rebuffed calls for his resignation ahead of the election, narrowly defeated Abrams.
O'Rourke lost his Texas Senate race to Cruz last month, but in the process sparked speculation he may run for the White House in 2020.
Gillum lost his bid for Florida governor to former Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida strips schools of federal aid for mask mandates Florida surgeon general defends not wearing mask in meeting with ill state senator Florida school district to relax mask mandate for high school students MORE (R) in a hotly contested election.
Ocasio-Cortez garnered the national spotlight when she defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a primary. The self-identified democratic socialist won her general election last month, becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress.