Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't just the GOP frontrunner in Iowa. She's also the most Googled candidate in the leadoff caucus state.
With the eyes of the Republican political universe turning to Ames for this weekend's Iowa Straw Poll, searches for Bachmann in the state have surged since Sunday, according to a breakdown of state data on Google Insights for Search, which analyzes search trends on the site.
Bachmann has generated far more search interest than any candidate on the straw poll ballot, including Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, her two closest rivals in the race to claim victory at Ames.
Google searches for Paul and Pawlenty have remained steady in recent days even as searches for Bachmann have spiked dramatically.
Bachmann peaked on Google following her announcement in June, but search interest dipped in the following weeks.
She has still been Googled more than her Iowa rivals, however. Since May, for instance, Bachmann has been the subject of four times as many search queries in Iowa as Pawlenty.
That Bachmann is an object of curiosity on the web is hardly surprising, given her history of provocative statements and her intense following among some conservatives.
And while there is no way to calculate whether Google searches will translate into straw poll votes or a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, the data does offer clues about which presidential candidates are grabbing the attention of voters this political season.
Even when compared to two prominent unannounced candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Bachmann is still the most Googled candidate in Iowa.
Outside of Iowa, Bachmann still outpaces most of the Republican field.
But Perry, who has signaled that he will soon enter the race, is currently topping Bachmann in Google searches nationwide this week.
Perry even ranked fifth on Google's "Hot Trends" list as of Thursday afternoon, surpassing George Lopez and YouTube star Rebecca Black.