Google's most-searched politician of 2018 is Stacey Abrams

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'RourkeColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Redistricting: 'The next decade of our democracy is on the ballot' in November MORE (D-Texas), Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE (R-Texas), Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-N.Y.), in that order.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus Paul Krugman ripped for saying COVID-19 'coming for white supremacists' in golf carts 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.

The Google search results were reported by multiple outlets, including Newsweek and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.