Consider it a peek into America’s political mind in real time — or as close as you can get to one until the votes are tallied.
Google Trends is tweeting out a fascinating state-by-state and county-by-county breakdown of search interest in the presidential candidates in some of the most hotly-contested battlegrounds around the nation over the past 24 hours.
What have we learned so far? That depends on where you’re Googling.
Donald Trump is narrowly edging out Hillary Clinton — as far as curiosity is concerned — in Michigan, a coveted swing state this election cycle. Trump leads there 40 to 38 percent, according to Google Trends.
In North Carolina, meanwhile — a state many forecasters believe Donald Trump must win to have a shot at the presidency — Clinton has closed the curiosity gap and remains ahead by four percentage points — 46 to 42 percent.
The two major party candidates easily lead Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Evan McMullin, though Johnson has generated the most searches among all three. The libertarian party candidate’s search interest has peaked at 11 percent in Michigan and New Hampshire, according to Google Trends.