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In a recent paper, Beall, Hofer, and Schaller (2016) use observational time series data to test the hypothesis that the 2014 Ebola outbreak influenced the 2014 U.S. Federal Elections. They find substantial associations between online search volume for Ebola and people's tendency to vote Republican, an effect observed primarily in states with norms favoring Republican candidates. However, the analyses do not deal with the well-known problem of temporal autocorrelation in time series. We showdoi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2165 fatcat:6ymcgqc3ircs3g5twvwfro6zti