Canada's immigration website saw U.S. traffic spike on Super Tuesday
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 10:05PM EST
Last Updated Friday, March 4, 2016 11:28PM EST
Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website saw a spike in U.S. traffic as primary election results rolled in on Super Tuesday, according to data obtained by CTV News.
More than 15,000 webpage sessions were recorded from American internet providers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday, with nearly 68,000 that day.
That compares to about 4,400 between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., and 48,000 throughout the day, one week earlier on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Around 8 p.m. ET on Super Tuesday, when voting results were trickling in, 3,191 Americans clicked on the CIC website. You can see it in the chart above.
After 9 p.m., as networks declared Donald Trump the winner in five states, traffic from the U.S. reached 4,890 visits.
In the 10 p.m. hour, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton delivered their victory speeches, the number of American visitors surged to a high of 10,287.
Traffic was still high in the following hour at 7,168 visits.
Overall, more than 26,000 people using U.S. IP addresses visited the website in a four-hour window over Super Tuesday, which is far above average.
Although Americans often joke on social media about moving to Canada if someone they despise wins the U.S. presidency, the numbers suggest at least some may be serious about moving.
Twitter was flooded Tuesday with Americans saying they were so concerned that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will take the White House that they declared their plans to “move to Canada.”
Google also saw a spike in searches for “moving to Canada” on March 1st, with even more on Wednesday, March 2nd.
With files from CTV National’s Richard Madan