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Editorial: Pizza, junk food, alcohol and the election
Election stress

Editorial: Pizza, junk food, alcohol and the election

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If you wanted to pig out on Election Day, you weren’t alone.

Pizza was the most-craved munchie on Tuesday, topping food-related online searches as Americans braced for results in the 2020 presidential race, according to Google Trends.

Pizza was deemed the most popular after Google Trends says it analyzed food and drink searches that included the words “near me.” Others that rounded out the top five were: “Chinese food near me, liquor stores near me, sushi near me, Mexican food near me,” data show.

It turns out, Americans were wanting alcohol so much on Tuesday that U.S. searches for “liquor stores near me” hit an all-time high. “Fries near me” searches also reached a record as people across the country awaited outcomes for local and national races, according to the results.

Internet users turned their minds to snacks and booze after The Harris Poll this past month found 46% of U.S. adults said they would eat to help deal with election stress. About one-fourth of the 2,050 survey respondents planned to drink beer, and another 23% thought they would grab wine, the New York Post reported.

So in addition to the “quanrantine 15,” the weight gain associated with the pandemic, we now can add the “Election 11.” What a year.

— Adapted from The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

Copyright 2020 Tribune Content Agency.

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