U.S. election, iPhone 5, Kardashian most searched on Yahoo! in 2012

  • The U.S. presidential election was the most-searched item and Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on Yahoo! this year, the search engine company said on Monday.

    The search term "election" topped the list of searches.

    "The 2012 elections dominated the online searches, which is amazing because if something is in the news, it's already accessible ... people were really saturated by it, but even so, that was a key word that people typed throughout the year," Vera Chan, Yahoo!'s web trend analyst, said.

    Chan added that the only two other news stories that have topped the list over the past decade were the death of Michael Jackson in 2009 and the BP oil spill in 2010.

    "iPhone 5" came in at No. 2, marking the first time that a specific model had appeared high on the list.

    Reality star Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on the website due to her high-profile relationship with rapper Kanye West and her E! channel reality shows, according to Chan.