Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)

Search Suppression

Google suppresses campaign sites for Republican candidates in key U.S. Senate races, including for Ted Budd in North Carolina: According to research conducted by the Media Research Center's Free Speech America division, search giant Google manipulated search results and buried GOP campaign sites in 83% of the top United States Senate races in the 2022 election season. Rep. Ted Budd, who launched a successful effort against Democrat Cheri Beasley to replace retiring Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), was among those whose campaign sites did not show up on Google's first page of search results.

MRC's Gabriela Pariseau reported that "Google completely hid seven of the 12 Republican websites. Conversely, Google highlighted eight of the 12 Democratic websites, having them appear in the critically important top six search results.

The Google results for North Carolina’s Senate candidates are an example of Google’s most egregious election interference. Republican Rep. Ted Budd’s campaign website did not appear anywhere on the first page of Google’s search results, while Democrat Cheri Beasley’s campaign website was the very first result. 

The hotly contested Ohio and Pennsylvania races tell a similar story. Ohio Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan’s campaign website appeared as the second Google search result, and Pennsylvania’s Democrat John Fetterman’s website appeared third. The kicker? The campaign websites of their respective Republican opponents, J.D. Vance of Ohio and Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania were eliminated from the first page of Google search results. 

Google also disappeared from the first page of results the websites for other  Republican candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Adam Laxalt of Nevada,  Don Bolduc of New Hampshire and Herschel Walker of Georgia."