Sen. Ted Cruz Googled More Than President Obama in 2013

Wendy Davis led women politicos in searches.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens to a reporter's question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Not much messed with Texas in 2013, as state Sen. Wendy Davis and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, beat out almost every other politician in top trending Google searches generated from inside the United States.

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Leading the ladies was Davis, whose abortion-rights filibuster in June led her to launch a gubernatorial bid in the Lone Star State. The late South African President Nelson Mandela topped the men's list, followed by Cruz – whose 21-hour faux filibuster also made big news – and then President Barack Obama, according to Google data provided to Whispers.

Looking at the rest of the men's list, Obama was followed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in March, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who had his uncle executed just last week.

No. 8 was Secretary of State John Kerry, who took over the reins of the State Department from Hillary Clinton in February, followed by the late President John F. Kennedy, whose assassination was 50 years ago this November.

No. 10 on the men's list was Vice President Joe Biden, who needs no explanation.

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Following Davis on the women's list was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who's been vocal on NSA spying, followed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the government official most entwined with Obamacare. (On a side note, Rasmussen recently reported that one quarter of voters didn't know who Sebelius was. Enter: Google.) 

No. 4 in the women's searches was Janet Napolitano, who announced her resignation in July and left her perch at Homeland Security to take over the University of California system. She's followed by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., who's facing a tough re-election battle in 2014, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, re-elected for a third term and also parodied quite frequently in the states on "Saturday Night Live." Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was No. 7, and is also facing a tough 2014 re-election bid.

Two House Members, Reps. Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., round out the list, which concludes with the first female president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye.

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Additionally, of top trending events in 2013, the government shutdown came in at No. 2, after the Boston Marathon bombings. Here's the full lists:

Top Trending Female Politicians of 2013

1. Wendy Davis

2. Dianne Feinstein

3. Kathleen Sebelius

4. Janet Napolitano

5. Kay Hagan

6. Angela Merkel

7. Mary Landrieu

8. Candice Miller

9. Marsha Blackburn

10. Park Geun-hye

Top Trending Male Politicians of 2013

1. Nelson Mandela

2. Ted Cruz

3. Barack Obama

4. Hugo Chavez

5. Rand Paul

6. Rob Ford

7. Kim Jong Un

8. John Kerry

9. John F. Kennedy

10. Joe Biden

Top Trending Searches for National Events in 2013

1. Boston Marathon

2. Government Shutdown

3. VMAs

4. Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

5. Royal Baby

6. Zimmerman Trial

7. Typhoon Haiyan

8. New Pope

9. Syria Conflict

10. Mayweather vs. Canelo

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