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S.C. Gov.-elect “Trikki” Nikki Haley was the most searched for politician on the internet in 2010, according to statistics released this week by Google.

The internet giant published the search data on its “Zeitgeist” page, which tracks popular web searches in multiple different categories. “Zeitgeist” is a German expression meaning “spirit of the times.”

In the “People: Politics” category, internet searches for Haley far outpaced searches for California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), U.S. Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and U.S. Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (R-Florida), among others.

Searches for Haley appear to have experienced their largest spike back in May. That’s when she was endorsed by Sarah Palin – and when our founding editor was forced into dropping his big bombshell about the inappropriate physical relationship he had with Haley back in the spring of 2007.

Haley received additional traffic when a second affair allegation was made by lobbyist Larry Marchant – and when S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts (RINO-Lexington) referred to her as a “rag head.”

The Google data certainly jibes with “Haley-gate” traffic data that we released back in June.

Take a look …

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Among all living people, singer Justin Bieber was the most-searched for … followed by the lovely Kesha, who unlike the Gov.-elect is a favorite of Mrs. Sic Willie.