Bernie Sanders dating website is blowing up the Internet

Maybe only one thing drawing more attention than Bernie Sanders in Chicago is a dating website.

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Maybe only one thing drawing more attention than Bernie Sanders in Chicago is a dating website.

Not just any dating site, but one for Bernie Sanders supporters. It’s so popular that it crashed right after it launched.

"I didn't expect it to kinda go viral like this,” said Colten Caudle.

College sophomore Caudle has been a sanders supporter since the Vermont senator announced his candidacy for president. He and a group of friends started the website BernieSingles.com last week.

Originally, it was just a joke.

"I just thought it's something ridiculous but after seeing all the people signing up on the website and actually connecting, it was sort of rewarding,” Caudle said.

In fact, so many people went to the site.

"We had a million hits in the first couple hours and then we crashed,” Caudle said.

It caught Caudle by surprise.

"The first couple days I spent about 12-15 hours on it - barely got any sleep - but now I pretty much just manage a team of volunteers, we have about 20 people working on it,” Caudle said.

The free site connects singles all across the country who support sanders run for the White House, and Caudle says he's heard from some who've made a connection all thanks to Bernie.

"There's actually been quite a few studies out there that show that people that connect over political interests do better in relationships. So I think there's a lot of reasons why people would join the site and connect over that,” Caudle said.

Currently, there are nearly 7000 active members on BernieSingles.com.

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